President Klaus Iohannis – a Lutheran, and his wife Carmen – a Greek Catholic, celebrated Easter on Sunday at the Roman Catholic Holy Trinity Cathedral in their home city of Sibiu.
“To all the Christians who celebrate today the Resurrection of Christ, a heartfelt ‘Christ is risen!’, and enlightened and peaceful holidays!” the President said before entering the church. He used the traditional Eastern Christianity paschal salute (usually answered by ‘Truly, He is risen!’), although he is a member of the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania. In 2014, he had declared himself “essentially ecumenical” and mentioned the good understanding between Sibiu’s orthodox, catholic and protest Christians. He also attended an Orthodox mass in 2015, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sibiu.
Some 22,000 people of Sibiu celebrate Easter on Sunday, according to the Western Christian calendar; the holiday in the Eastern Christian calendar this year is on May 1.
The President and his wife also attended the Saturday midnight Easter Mass in the Holy Trinity catholic church, where the first lady also sang in the choir.
Early on Sunday, Klaus Iohannis also hailed Roman Catholics and protestant Christians in a message on Facebook, calling to solidarity with the victims of violence and intolerance.
PM Ciolos hails Western Christians on Easter
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos wrote on Sunday a Facebook message to Christians who celebrate Easter.
“To faithful who celebrate Easter today I wish holidays enlightened by conciliation, peace and joy. May the mystery of faith and the family spirit give meaning and value to life. Happy Easter!,” the premier’s Facebook page reads.
Most Romanians are Orthodox and this year they celebrate Easter on May 1; in 2010, 2011 and 2014 the Easter date was the same in the Western and Eastern Christian calendars.