The European Ecumenical Assembly has convened for the third time in the Romanian city of Sibiu, attended by 2000 Christians from across Europe. Florian Bichir is delighted: "This is the first time that this assembly takes place in a predominantly orthodox country. It's also the first time that the churches have chosen a theological theme for the dialogue: 'The light of Christ shines on all. Hope of renewal and unity in Europe.' His Eminence Daniel, the Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina, proposed this theme, which is an indication that Romanian theology is beginning to make its mark in Europe." Birchir points out that the people of the EU have "discovered the spiritual dimension of the Orthodox Church. This could help Europe to rediscover its Christian roots."
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