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Patriarch Of Romanian Orthodox Church Worried About Restriction Of Religious Liberty In France

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.orthodoxnews.netfirms.com/105/THE%20PATRIARCH.htm Published by Editura Traditie, January 24, 2004 THE PATRIARCH OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS
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      Published by Editura Traditie, January 24, 2004

      THE PATRIARCH OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS WORRIED ABOUT THE DANGER
      CAUSED BY THE RESTRICTION OF THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN FRANCE

      During a meeting His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist had with Philippe
      Etienne, the French Ambassador in Romania, he expressed his worry about the
      restriction of the religious freedom in France following the recent
      legislative proposals – informs us the Press Office of the Romanian
      Patriarchate.

      The Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church declared he was against the
      attempt to adopt a legislation to forbid the religious symbols in the
      public schools, remembering in this regard the sad experience of the
      communist regime. The Ambassador of the French Republic assured His
      Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist that the Parliament and all the responsible
      factors would take into account the observation of the person’s religious
      freedom.

      During the same encounter, the Ambassador expressed the position of the
      French Government concerning the mentioning of the Christian origins of
      Europe in the preamble of future European Constitution. His Beatitude
      Patriarch Teoctist also remembered the fact that the Christian cults in
      Romania signed a document in 2000 supporting the integration of the country
      in the European Union and affirmed the desire of the Romanian Orthodox
      Church – identical with those of the other European Christian Churches –
      that the Christian base of Europe should be mentioned explicitly in the
      future European Constitution. To end with, Ambassador Philippe Etienne
      declared that the French people thinks that Romania, a country Orthodox in
      its majority, will bring in, with its cultural and spiritual richness, a
      contribution extremely important for the consolidation of the future Europe.
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