Prospects for cooperation between the Romanian Christian Orthodox Patriarchy, the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation to preserve and capitalise on Romania’s cultural and religious heritage was one of the main topics discussed on Thursday by Prince Charles as part of his visit to the Romanian Patriarchate.
“His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, underscored the importance of Romania’s cultural heritage, commending Romania for its receptiveness to its conservation. In the same context, prospects for cooperation between the Romanian Christian Orthodox Patriarchy, the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation to preserve and capitalise on Romania’s cultural and religious heritage was discussed. Patriarch Daniel gladly welcomed the proposal, because the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) is constantly preoccupied with the conservation of the country’s national ecclesiastical heritage,” BOR Parachute said in a press statement on Thursday.
Patriarch Daniel voiced joy over Prince Charles having included the Patriarchy in his official visit to Romania, underscoring the special interest displayed by the prince in Romania’s spiritual, cultural and natural beauties, thus becoming a friend of the country and the Romanian nation.
Daniel mentioned that many Romanian Christian Orthodox believers live in the UK as students or workers in various fields of employment. There are currently more than 45 BOR parishes there shepherded by a vicarious bishop and 42 clergymen. The parishes, he said, are enjoying support from the Church of England, including by being offered places for worshiping.
Given that Prince Charles mentioned his vests to humanitarian organisations operating in Romania in which British charities are also involved, Daniel introduced to the prince some of the BOR social programmes, including “Choose School!” – a programme to support children facing the risk of dropping out of school; “Give Blood! Save a Life!” and “Health for the Countryside,” in support of the elderly and the poor in Romania’s countryside.
The statement says that at the end of the visit, Patriarch Daniel offered a mosaic icon depicting St. Andrew, the patron saint of Romania, to Prince Charles, thanked the prince for his visit and sent wishes for health and blessings to Queen Elisabeth II.
His Royal Highness lights candle and recollects in Patriarchal Cathedral
The Prince of Wales received from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel an icon made of a Murano glass mosaic portraying Saint Andrew and participated, in the Patriarchal Cathedral, in a short religious music moment performed by a Byzantine choir.
The Prince was welcomed by His Eminence Nifon, Archbishop of Targoviste and Michael Tita, head of protocol at the Patriarchal Administration.
In the lobby of the Patriarchal Palace, he was welcomed by Patriarch Daniel, who presented to him the murals in the room, as well as their significance.
The Patriarch told his guest that in this building the Union of the Principalities, Moldova and Wallachia, was signed in 1859. Continuing, the high prelate showed Prince Charles the conference room, of which he said was consolidated and restored recently using European funds.
“It was very hard work, but the building is much stronger now than it was at the beginning,” the Patriarch added.
The Prince of Wales asked if the room is used frequently, and Patriarch Daniel answered yes, because it is used for special events and conferences.
Later, the two delegations held talks for approximately half an hour, afterwards the two officials exchanged gifts. The Prince of Wales offered Patriarch Daniel a set of plates. “I will use them next time, when you will be here for longer,” Patriarch Daniel said.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel also received a framed photograph of His Royal Highness.
Another important moment was represented by the visit to the Patriarchal Cathedral, where HRH lit a candle and recollected. In the church, he was not joined by Patriarch Daniel, only His Eminence Nifon, who was his guide within the church, offering details on the importance of the institution. All throughout their tour of the Patriarchal Cathedral, a Byzantine choir performed religious music.
Photo: Radu Tuta, Agerpres