The Bitonto church in Cluj Napoca, the capital of Transylvania in Romania

The Bitonto church in Cluj Napoca, the capital of Transylvania in Romania

Representing it in the west of Europe was the Bitontine theologian Giuseppe Cannito, president of the Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Conception of Bitonto, who brought the cordial greetings of H.E. Msgr. Francesco Cacucci, metropolitan archbishop of Bari Bitonto, by Msgr. Domenico Ciavarella, vicar general of the archdiocese, of don Michele Lacetera, bishop's chancellor of the curia, of don Francesco Acquafredda, parish priest of the concathedral, of father Santo Pagnotta, administrator secretary of the Apulian Theological Faculty of Bari, and of Michele Abbaticchio, mayor of Bitonto .

The Bitontine theologian invited the religious delegates of the Catholic, Orthodox and Calvinist Church of Transylvania to visit the city of Bitonto, rich in history, art and spirituality, also a finalist city as the Italian capital of culture 2020.

In Romania, this religious-ecumenical visit to interreligious dialogue between the various monotheistic religions is part of the university academic course of formation in ecumenism, with the report of Prof. Cristina Arcidiacono, pastor of the Evangelical Baptist Christian Union in Italy, with the contribution of National Service for Higher Studies of Theology and of the Italian Episcopal Conference, focused on the theological phrase of Pope Francis "The way of reconciled communion, that fraternity that already unites believers", reported in the Diocesan Newsletter of the archdiocese.

On Sunday 4 and Monday 5 March, in the capital Cluj Napoca, the Bitontine theologian participated in the various divine Eucharistic liturgies, he was received with honor by Mgr. Simeone Pintea, archimandrite of the Russian Orthodox cathedral, by don Stefano Laszlo, pastor of the Roman Catholic church, by father Josef Sickel, pastor of the reformed Calvinist church and by don Josef Irimie, rector of the Greek-Byzantine Catholic cathedral.

«With amazement we admired the monumental Biserica Romano Sfantul Mihail of the fourteenth century, the main patronal cult site of Roman Catholic rite in the Romanian Gothic style, as well as one of the most sacred and emblematic buildings of Transylvania, then the splendid Greek-Catolic Cathedral Schimbarea the Fairy of the XVIII century a real architectural jewel in Baroque style, main seat of the Greek-Byzantine eparchy. We then visited the spectacular Catedrala Adormirea Maicii Domunului Theotokos 19th century Orthodox metropolitan eparchy, classified as a historical artistic monument representative of the Romanian National Cultural Heritage (the main dome of the Orthodox cathedral is inspired by the spectacular dome of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in Turkey) and finally the majestic 14th century Biserica Reformata de pe Ulita Lupilor, a true masterpiece of Romanian neo-Gothic Renaissance style architecture (it is one of the largest Calvinist churches reformed in western Europe) ", explained Professor Cannito.

The religious visit ended with a pleasant walk in the enchanting city of Turda geographic, historical, environmental and religious Orthodox place of Transylvania. With the surreal abysmal and breathtaking visit to the ancient salt mine of the second century AD, it was possible to admire closely the salt stalactites formed during the Seoli with a sumptuous church carved into the rock salt, whose natural wonders leave you speechless open to the charm of transparent crystal. Salina Turda has been included in the list of Romania's National Heritage (it is one of the main most visited tourist attractions in the heart of Transylvania).

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