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September 25, 2021

European Catholic bishops demand Romania to protect St. Joseph Cathedral

During the plenary session of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, held on November 1-4 in Paris, the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Europe issued a public letter of support for the St. Joseph Cathedral of Bucharest and asked Romanian authorities to protect this religious site. “Deeply concerned with the survival of this religious site, (…) we manifest our firm conviction that Romanian authorities will grant the utmost attention to this sensitive issue and will protect the Saint Joseph Cathedral – a value of the European patrimony that must be transmitted to future generations. Our concern for the protection of this religious site and historic monument is a reality shared by the highest authorities of the Catholic world, which hope for an unequivocal move to enforce the recommendations of Romanian and international institutions in view of saving the <> of the Bucharest Archdiocese,” the European bishops wrote in their letter. Nearly two weeks ago, the Bucharest Municipality urged Millennium Building Development to cease the works on the Cathedral Plaza tower, on grounds that the construction license is no longer valid. The row over Cathedral Plaza was solved in court, with the Ploiesti Court of Appeals ruling in favour of Millennium company and allowing works to be resumed, but the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest challenged the sentence in a lawsuit that is still ongoing.

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