Patriarch Daniel awards Simona Halep the Patriarchal Cross

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep presented the Wimbledon trophy Wednesday evening on the National Arena and on Thursday Patriarch Daniel awarded the champion the highest distinction of the Romanian Patriarchate – “The Patriarchal Cross” – during a ceremony held at the Patriarchal Residence.

“Simona is for many young people today a symbol of diligence, perseverance and hope. We are glad to emphasize that all her achievements are the expression of talent cultivated through sustained and constant effort. Besides all this, the Church, dear Simona, greatly appreciates the fact that you confess in public, through the sign of the Holy Cross, the Orthodox Christian faith and through this you show that you faithfully represent the Romanian faithful, sacrificial and talented people. We wish you many years, with health and joy and much help from God!” Patriarch Daniel said when offering the distinction, according to basilica.ro.

The winner of the Wimbledon trophy thanked for the distinction, confessing that she is honored and at the same time very excited.

“I always thank God for everything he gave me and for the family I grew up in. I’m glad I am Romanian, I’m glad I am on this land and I hope to offer joy to as many people and children as possible, to inspire them to succeed in what they want. Glory to the Lord and may God bless us all!” said Simona Halep said at the ceremony.

Besides the Patriarchal Cross, Simona Halep received from Patriarch Daniel a “Centenary” Bible.

The event was attended by Simona Halep’s parents and other close people of the champion, as well as patriarchal councilors.

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