President Klaus Iohannis attended on Friday at the Romanian Patriarchy the liturgy for the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, and afterwards had an almost three-hour meeting with Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR), at the patriarchal seat.
Patriarch Daniel thanked the head of the state for attending the service, adding that Iohannis is a practicing Christian.
Iohannis wrote on Friday on a social networking site that he will visit all the denominations officially represented in Romania.
“At the invitation of Patriarch Daniel, I attended this morning the liturgy offered for the celebration by the Orthodox Church of three high-stature real-life practitioners and fathers of Christianity: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. As I announced at the debut of my term in office, I will gradually visit the denominations legally represented in Romania, to convey everybody a message of encouragement for acting in the service of people for the construction of a cohesive and tolerant society,” Iohannis wrote on Facebook.
President Klaus Iohannis was accompanied at the Patriarchy by presidential advisors Sergiu Nistor and Andrei Muraru.
On January 30, Orthodox believers celebrate the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, who lived in the fourth century and are landmark personalities in the history of the Church as protectors of theological education and defenders of the rightful faith about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The liturgy was celebrated by the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.