Intervention of Mons. Virgil BERCEA, Bishop of Oradea Mare, Gran Varadino of the Romanians
Many aspects unite our Romanian Church with the sister Churches of the Middle East:
above all its being a “little flock”. The Greek Catholic Church in Romania too lives
its difficult mission as a minority; a presence that is, though, very powerful in
the history of our country, that synthesizes in its being in full communion with the
See of Peter and the treasure house of the Byzantine tradition.
brothers, we are called, together with you, to face the trials of our times: the huge
wave of emigration and globalization with all of its challenges and idols which Pope
Benedict XVI spoke about and which we are all called to expose. Further, such a situation
of emigration–which we have never before experienced in the history of our Romanian
peoples–in which, out of a population of 22 million citizens, nearly five million
are living in Europe and in the world, offers the opportunity for productive comparisons
and mutual enrichment. Immigration in sharing enhances all; therefore, we always
keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, the first one who had to move out of the land of Egypt,
to ask of and receive from him that renewed enthusiasm, and that we must then communicate
to our faithful and our communities.