Holy Synod reiterates Constitution should define family as based on marriage between man and woman

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The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church reiterated its stand on defining the family based on the marriage between a man and a woman in the Romanian Constitution, the Romanian Patriarchate press office said in a release to AGERPRES.

'Ahead of the parliamentary debates on the draft modification of the constitution, the Holy Synod reiterates its stand that the fundamental law should define the family founded on the freely-consented marriage between a man and a woman, on their equality and on the parents' rights and duties of providing the children's upbringing, education and training', the release added.

Among the decisions made at the Holy Synod's first working meeting this year chaired by Patriarch Daniel on Thursday there are the approval of the programme of events organised by the Romanian Patriarchate across Romania in 2014, which the Holy Synod has proclaimed the commemoration year of the Brancoveanu Saint Martyrs, as 300 years are marked since their martyr's death (1714-2014); and the participation of the Romanian Orthodox Church's Patriarch in the Synaxis (Assembly) of the Top Orthodox Clerics laying the groundwork for the Pan-Orthodox Synod (Constantinople, March 5-9, 2014), following an invitation from His Sanctity Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

It is with joy that the Holy Synod took note of the signing by the Patriarch of Jerusalem and by the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church of the Patriarchal Agreement on restoring the full church communion between the two Patriarch's Offices, the release announced.

The Holy Synod also voices the Romanian Orthodox Church's sympathy towards the Christian Syrians who are in deep suffering and it decided to help them, in sign of solidarity, by organising money donations in the churches and monasteries of the Romanian Patriarchate in the three Sundays after Easter (April 27, May 4 and 11).AGERPRES

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