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The social assistance of the Transylvanian Romanian church during World War I
The social assistance of the Transylvanian Romanian church during World War I

Author(s): Florin Bengean
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane Gheorghe Şincai al Academiei Române
Keywords: social assistance; Transylvanian Orthodox Church; World War I

Summary/Abstract: The priests were always close to the Romanian people in the hard times of World War I: fighting on the battlefields, praying in churches for the victory of the Romanian army, supporting emotionally those remained at home, organizing offertories in money and goods for orphans, old and sick people and widows. The Metropolitan See permanently addressed circulars and pastorals to priests and protopope advising them to stay close to the people during the very difficult times of the war. An important episode in the involvement of the church in charity actions was the establishment of the first Romanian Orthodox orphanage in Sibiu in 1916. The next step was the call from Blaj, the other national religious centre in Transylvania, to the clergy and the people in his neighbourhood. Few days after the warm call from Blaj, the highest authority of The Romanian Greek – Catholic Church decided to establish an orphanage in the old cultural centre laying between Târnave rivers. An important role was played by The Society for The Favour of The War Orphans.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 99-109
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English