Following anti-government demonstrations and repressive measures in Bucharest and major cities of Romania, the Press office of the Romanian Patriarchate issued the following statement dated August 11, 2018:
“Entire Romania is concerned about the recent events causing violence and whose victims include both civilians and police officers.
Although politically neutral, but sensitive to social issues, as ‘factor of social peace’ (according to the Law of Religious Denominations No. 489/2006, article 7, paragraph 1), the Romanian Orthodox Church urges prayer, peace, dialogue, and social co-responsibility. Hatred, violence and polarization of society are not beneficial for the country.
We urge the priests and believers of the Romanian Orthodox Church to offer prayers for the peace and unity of the Romanian people, especially in this year of the Great Union Centennial, which is very important to us.
At the same time, dialogue and co-responsibility must be encouraged and cultivated for the profit of Romania.”