Romanian Orthodox Church Patriarch Daniel was awarded on Thursday a honorary doctor’s degree of the University ‘Politehnica’ of Bucharest.
According to the basilica.ro website of the Orthodox Patriarchate, the degree has been handed by the University’s Rector Mihnea Costoiu and Senate Chair Ecaterina Andronescu at the Patriarch’s residence. The Patriarch was unable to participate in the public ceremony at the University, “on personal reasons,” the source mentioned.
“The Senate of the Politehnica University took the decision unanimously. For me, it is a great honour to hand you today, alongside the Rector, the insignia of the Doctor Honoris Causa degree. Allow me to admit I was strongly impressed by the projects Your Holiness has dedicated to this country, equally as a professor, as of Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina, or in your present capacity, to which we respectfully bow our heads – the one of Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. For us, it is an honour to hand you this diploma, because the school and the Church have always worked together for the young or not-so-young generation, and this fact is important,” Andronescu said.
In his response, the Patriarch thanked the University for the title, and stressed the importance of the bond between the University and the Church for the shared benefit of the society.
“We highly appreciate the performances of the University ‘Politehnica’ of Bucharest and the fact that it has an Orthodox church dedicated to Saint Gregory Palamas, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the communion between God the Creator and the whole creation. (…) There are many alumni of the Polytechnic who also studied in Orthodox theology faculties. There are also academic works and research projects in interdisciplinary fields. It is worth mentioning that through the activity of the Centre of Dialogue and Research in Theology, Philosophy and Science of the Orthodox Theology Faculty ‘Patriarch Justinian’ of the University of Bucharest, cooperation exists with professors of other universities,” the Patriarch was quoted by basilica.ro.