Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew will come to Romania on November 23, two days before the consecration of the National Redemption Cathedral, Basilica.roreports.
„The main purpose of the visit is the National Redemption Cathedral’s consecration. The official service will be performed on November 25 by His Holiness together with His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, and more Romanian abbots”, says the above-mentioned source.
Early this year, Patriarch Daniel was announcing that the National Cathedral will be sanctified on November 30, 2018, on St. Andrew’s Day.
The Bucharest General Council allotted another EUR 1 million for the Cathedral of National Redemption in September 2017. The previous year, EUR 3.7 million from the Bucharest budget had gone to the controversial project whose inauguration on the occasion of the Great Union centenary in 2018.
Over EUR 40 million has been spent on the cathedral so far, with the Government, central and local institutions contributing to its budget over the years. According to the Orthodox Patriarchy’s evaluation, the cost of the final construction, without plaster but with windows and doors is about EUR 80 million.
The entire painting of the cathedral is expected during 2019-2024.
Bartholomew has paid nine visits to Romania, the last one during October 26-29, 2010.
His visit comes amid a tensed relations inside the Orthodox Churches after the Patriarchate of Constantinople had recognized a month ago the independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine, a decision that stirred the Russian Church’s anger.