The President Klaus Iohannis on Sunday morning attended the liturgical service at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Sibiu., held by the Metropolitan of Transylvania and Archbishop of Sibiu, Laurentiu Streza.
Greeted with applause by over 2,000 faithful present on Sunday at the first Orthodox service attended by him as President, Klaus Iohannis testified that this moment was for him a “great joy”. “It was a moment of great joy for me. I had the opportunity now, on the first Sunday of the year, to attend the Mass with His Eminence and I think that it is a good start. I wish you all a Happy New Year, a blessed year, with health and happiness, “said Klaus Iohannis, at the end of the Orthodox service.
His Eminence Laurentiu Streza thanked President Iohannis for the honor done to the Romanian Orthodox Church believers by participating in this religious ceremony in Sibiu, and then said he was instructed by Patriarch Daniel to address the President an invitation for a meeting between them . “Thank you Mr. President, that you have honored the church in Sibiu, the Orthodox Church, you are expected by His Beatitude the Patriarch, who entitled me to convey you this desire. The Church wants to honor all those looking for the good,” His Highness Laurentiu Streza, the Metropolitan of Transylvania told in his sermon after the delivery of the religious service, according to Agerpres.
The President confirmed out of the Sunday morning service at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Sibiu, he will meet with the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Daniel, thus accepting his invitation transmitted by His Highness Laurentiu Streza, the Metropolitan of Transylvania. Asked by journalists whether he will honor the invitation of the Patriarch, President Iohannis replied: “Yes, of course”.
Iohannis has announced on Sunday morning on his Facebook account his intention to regularly attend, during his term in office, the religious ceremonies of the various cults that are recognised in Romania by the law.
The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Sibiu, dedicated to the Trinity, was built taking Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople as a model.Ever since its sanctification, the Cathedral became the headquarters of the Sibiu Archdiocese and of the Metropolitan Diocese of Transylvania.