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Romanians of the Diaspora

Author: Gheorghe-Cristian Popa
November 23, 2011
Fr. Ion Armasi obtained the title of Doctor in Theology:
The first doctoral thesis dedicated to Romanians of the Diaspora

A public defence of a doctoral thesis, “Romanian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora: A short history and actual organization” took place … at … Bucharest’s Faculty of Orthodox Theology.  It was presented by Fr. Ion Armasi Vartan, Patriarchal Counselor for foreign communities, in the Church interreligious relations sector of the Romanian Patriarchate…

Unofficial translation of  bold excerpts from a Romania article cited in its entirety on this site and found at :

Source: 23 november 2011

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About Face

Author: Administrator
November 1, 2011
This summer, in Ziarul Lumina, Adrian N. Petcu tells us that Bishop Policarp Morusca was “exiled in his own country…[because of] political considerations …  from 1939 on, [and] after 1945…  politics … would impose its abusive decisions upon the organization and operations of the Church…”  Quite clear, emphatic  and direct.  Yet only 4 months later the author changes his stance.  In a fall article in the same newspaper, Petcu announces that: “…in 1939 Bishop Policarp was kept in the homeland due to intrigues launched from America… [and] problems arose caused by certain priests who, lacking canonical responsibility, tried to influence the governance of the Episcopate…”  Why this change, this about face?

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O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.

Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.

Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;

for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.


Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.