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'''Daniel Ciobotea''' is the Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina, part of the [[Romanian Orthodox Church]] and interim Patriarch of [[Romania]].
His Eminence Doctor Daniel Ciobotea was born on the
22nd of [[July ]], [[1951 ]] in the village of Dobreşti, Bara Commune , [[Timiş County]], as the 3rd son in the family of teacher Alexie and Stela Ciobotea.
the [[Education in Romania|Primary School]] in his home village ( [[1958 ]] - [[1962 ]]) and the [[Education in Romania|Gymnasium]] in Lăpuşnic village ( [[1962 ]] - [[1966 ]]), [[Timiş County ]]. In [[1966 ]] he begins the [[Education in Romania|High School ]] courses in [[Buziaş ]], which he then continues in [[Lugoj ]], at the "Coriolan Brediceanu" [[High School]] ( [[1967 ]] - [[1970 ]]).
After passing his baccalaureate exam, he then joins the University Theological Institute in Sibiu (1970 - 1974), where he obtains the License in Theology at the discipline [[New Testament]].
During the period
[[1974 ]] - [[1976 ]] he follows the [[Education in Romania|Doctorate]] courses at the Universitary Theological Institute in [[Bucharest ]], Systematic Section, under the suppervision of Priest Proffesor Doctor [[Dumitru Stăniloae ]]; he continues his studies over the seas: two years at the Protestant Theology Faculty of the [[University of Human Studies ]] in [[Strasbourg ]] and another two years at the [[Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg |Albert Ludwig University]] in [[Freiburg im Breisgau]], Catholic Theology Faculty.
On the 15th of
[[June ]], [[1979 ]] he sustains his [[Doctorate]] Thesis at the Protestant Theology Faculty in [[Strasbourg]], intitled: "Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité, VII ^ 424 p." (''Christian refflection and life today. Essay on the report between theology and spirituality, VII ^ 424 pgs.'') The Thesis has been prepared under the suppervision of two well-known french proffesors: [[Gerard Ziegwald ]] and [[André Benoit ]] and it has received the maximum qualificative. Thus he becomes [[Doctor ]] of the [[Strasbourg University]].
A more developed
forme of this Thesis was prepared under the guidance of his mentor, Father [[Dumitru Stăniloae ]] and it was sustained on the 31st of [[October ]] [[1980 ]] at the Universitary Theological Institute in [[Bucharest ]] under the title: "Teologie şi spiritualitate creştină. Raportul dintre ele şi situaţia actuală" (''Theology and Christian spirituality. The report between them and the current situation'').
By passing the oral exam and by sustaining the
Thesis, Doctorand '''Dan - Ilie Ciobotea ''' was declared [[Doctor ]] in [[Orthodoxism|Othodox Theology ]], obtaining maximum pointage.
In [] he enters the
[[monachism]] in the '''Sihăstria Monastery ''' under the name Daniel, having as "monachal godfather " the famous Father '''Cleopa Ilie '''.
==Offices and Honors==