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President Iohannis to attend the Sunday service at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Sibiu

President Klaus Iohannis will attend the Sunday service at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral dedicated to the Trinity, in Sibiu, his home city in central Romania, reports Agerpres.

A release of the Presidential Administration confirmed the earlier announcement of the Metropolitan of Transylvania, Laurentiu Streza, who will celebrate the Mass.

“Mr. President told us that he wants to attend the Sunday Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral. We are pleased that we will be together. I have explained him that we pray for the country’s leaders, whether orthodox or not,” the  Metropolitan of Transylvania, Laurentiu  Streza on Saturday told Agerpres.

The Metropolitan of Transylvania is the first high-Orthodox hierarch whose blessing was asked by the former mayor of Sibiu when he decided to run for president of Romania. In September, after the meeting with Klaus Iohannis, Metropolitan Streza testified that he  gave him  some advice to follow, as president of the country.

Asked if he believes that the former mayor, who is not Orthodox,  but Lutheran,  is a good Christian , the Metropolitan Streza replied: “Each of us must prove if he is a good Christian. I don’t have benchmarks for anyone, but only advice and support and blessings for all those who want to be good Christians by their actions. ”

The early 20th century cathedral of Sibiu, inspired by the famous Hagia Sophia of Istanbul, is the seat of the Sibiu Archdiocese and of the Metropolitan Diocese of Transylvania.

President Iohannis is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He already attended a service in the Orthodox Cathedral of Sibiu four years ago, on the canonization of 19th century Orthodox Metropolitan of Transylvania Andrei Saguna.

President Iohannis is not the first President of Romania who attends a service in the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral of Sibiu. Former President Traian Basescu has supported the restoration of the painting in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Sibiu.




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