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Romanian Monastic Community Appreciated by the Italian Authorities

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Romanian Monastic Community Appreciated by the Italian Authorities

      The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us:

      On 8 June 2011, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel received Mr. Ernesto
      Riggio, mayor of Bivongi city, Calabria, Italy, in an audience, at the
      Patriarchal Cathedral. Rev. Valentin IlieĊŸ, archpriest of Sicily of the
      Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Italy, and Mr. Francesco Passarelli,
      counsellor at the city hall of Bivongi, were also present.

      Mayor Ernesto Riggio thanked for reception and pointed out the fact that
      since the moment the monastery dedicated to Saint John the Reaper of
      Bivongi was entrusted to the Romanian Orthodox Church for administration
      (July 2009), this one has become a place of prayer and pilgrimage for
      lots of about 60,000 Romanians settled in Calabria and the most
      important tourist point of the entire region. The Monastery - made up of
      a church in Byzantine style of the end of the 10th century, which the
      Italian authorities declared national monument last year - was visited
      by 15,000 tourists last year.

      His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked mayor Ernesto Riggio for the
      permanent support granted to the Romanian Orthodox monastic community in
      Bivongi locality and informed him of the intention of the Romanian
      Patriarchate to include the monastery in its pilgrimage programmes and
      promote it through Trinitas Television channel, as well as print an
      album and some other promotional materials at the publishing houses of
      the Romanian Patriarchate.

      During the meeting, the mayor of Bivongi city handed over the Patriarch
      of Romania the official invitation to visit the city and the monastery
      of Saint John the Reaper during a future visit of His Beatitude to Italy.
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