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Representatives of Moldova’s Metropolis at Ministry of Defense

CHISINAU, October 3, 2018 — His Eminence Vladimir, Metropolitan of Chisinau and all Moldova, presented today the President of Synod Department for Pastoral Activity within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Law enforcement agencies, Archimandrite Nicolae Rosca to Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza.

Eugen Sturza congratulated the Archimandrite on his appointment and wished him success during his mandate.

The Minister of Defense specified that the religious assistance in the National Army is based on voluntary principles and contribute to the patriotic education of all categories of military. In this regard, Eugen Sturza mentioned that the presence of priests within military units is beneficial because it helps the military to overcome the service’s challenges and difficulties.

The cooperation between the Ministry of Defense and the Orthodox Church started in 1997 by signing a joint statement and, subsequently, an action plan.

The plan includes a series of joint activities conducted by the two institutions, such as: offering religious literature to military unit’s libraries, developing educational-methodical recommendations regarding the religious assistance, organizing sessions, seminars, spiritual talks with militaries from risk groups, blessing the service members deployed to peacekeeping missions and multinational exercises.

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