Daniel (Ciobotea) of Romania

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His Holiness Daniel (Ciobotea) is the Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrodgea, locum tenens of the throne of Caesarea of Cappadocia, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, was elected the sixth Patriarch of Romania and enthroned in the patriarchal Cathedral on the September 30, 2007.


His Eminence Doctor Daniel Ciobotea was born on July 22, 1951, in the village of Dobreşti, Bara Commune, as the third son in the family of Alexie (a teacher) and Stela Ciobotea.

He attended primary school in his home village (1958-1962) and the gymnasium in Lăpuşnic village (1962-1966), Timiş County. In 1966 he began high school courses in Buziaş, which he then continued in Lugoj, at the "Coriolan Brediceanu" (1967-1970).

After passing his baccalaureate exam, he then joined the University Theological Institute in Sibiu (1970-1974), where he obtained his License in Theology in New Testament studies.

During the period 1974-1976 he took doctoral courses at the University Theological Institute in Bucharest, Systematic Section, under the supervision of Priest Professor Dr. Dumitru Stăniloae; he continued his studies overseas: 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, Catholic Theology Faculty.

On June 15, 1979, he presented his doctoral thesis at the Protestant Theology Faculty in Strasbourg, entitled: "Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité, VII ^ 424 p." (Christian reflection and life today. Essay on the report between theology and spirituality, VII ^ 424 pgs.) The thesis had been prepared under the supervision of two well-known French professors: Gerard Ziegwald and André Benoit, and it received the maximum qualification. Thus he became a doctor of the Strasbourg University.

A more developed form of this thesis was prepared under the guidance of his mentor, Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae, and it was presented on October 31, 1980, at the University Theological Institute in Bucharest under the title: Teologie şi spiritualitate creştină. Raportul dintre ele şi situaţia actuală (Theology and Christian spirituality. The relation between them and the current situation).

By passing the oral exam and by supporting his thesis, Dan-Ilie Ciobotea was declared a doctor of Orthodox Theology, obtaining maximum points.

In 1987 he entered the monastic life in the Sihăstria Monastery under the name Daniel, having as his monastic godfather the famous Fr. Cleopa Ilie.

Offices and honors

  • 1980-1988 - Lector at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva and associate professor in Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland;
  • 1988 - Patriarchal Counselor, Director of the Sector of Contemporary Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue;
  • 1988 - Conferent at the Cathedra of Christian Mission of the Ecumenical Institute in Bucharest;
  • 1990 (March) - elected and ordained Vicar Bishop of the Archbishopric of Timişоаra;
  • 1990 (June) - elected as Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina;
  • since 1992 - Theology professor at the Orthodox Theology Faculty "Dumitru Stăniloae" of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iaşi;
  • Representative of the National Synodal Commission for Religious Education, Bucharest;
  • President of the Theology and Liturgics Commission of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church
  • Honor Member of the National Commission for Historical Monuments in Bucharest;
  • Member of the Central and Executive Committee of the Ecumenical Council of Curches (Geneva, 1991-1998);
  • Member of the Presidium of Superior and Central Committee of the European Church Conference (since 1990);
  • Vice-President of the Second General Meeting of the European Churches Conference (Graz, 1997);
  • Full-rights Member of the International Academy of Religious Sciences in Brussels (2000).

+Elected sixth Patriarch of the Church of Romania on September 12, 2007.

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Daniel (Ciobotea) of Romania
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Vicar Bishop of the Archbishopric of Timişоаra
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Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina
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Teoctist (Arăpaşu)
Patriarch of Romania
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