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By God's mercy, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrogea, Locum tenens of the throne of Caesarea Cappadociae and Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel,
Patriarch of All Romania
ChurchRomanian Orthodox Church
Installed30 September 2007
PredecessorPatriarch Teoctist of Romania
Other post(s)Archbishop of Iași and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina
Vicar bishop of Timișoara
Ordination14 August 1987
Consecration20 March 1990
Personal details
Dan Ilie Ciobotea

(1951-07-22) 22 July 1951 (age 72)
DenominationEastern Orthodox Church
ParentsAlexie Ciobotea
Stela Ciobotea
Alma materUniversity Theologic Orthodox Institute of Sibiu
Bucharest Institute of Orthodox Theology [ro]
University of Strasbourg's Faculty of Protestant Theology
University of Freiburg's Faculty of Catholic Theology
Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Daniel of Romania
StyleHis Beatitude
First holderMiron Cristea

Daniel (Romanian pronunciation: [daniˈel]; born Dan Ilie Ciobotea [ˈdan iˈli.e tʃjoˈbote̯a] on 22 July 1951) is the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The elections took place on 12 September 2007. Daniel won with a majority of 95 votes out of 161 against Bartolomeu Anania. He was officially enthroned on 30 September 2007 in the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. As such, his official title is "Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrogea, Locum tenens of the throne of Caesarea of Cappadocia, Patriarch of All Romania".


Daniel Ciobotea was born in the village of Dobrești, Bara Commune, Timiș County, as the third son in the family of teacher Alexie and Stela Ciobotea.

He followed the Primary School in his home village (1958–1962) and the Gymnasium in Lăpușnic village (1962–1966), Timiș County. In 1966 he began the High School courses in Buziaș, which he then continued in Lugoj, at the "Coriolan Brediceanu" High School (1967–1970).

After passing his Baccalaureate exam, he then joined the university-level Theological Institute in Sibiu (1970–1974), where he obtained his degree in Theology with specialisation in the New Testament.[1]

During the period 1974–1976 he followed the doctoral courses at the Theological Institute in Bucharest, Systematic Theology Section, under the supervision of Dumitru Stăniloae; he continued his studies abroad: two years at the Protestant Theology Faculty of the University of Strasbourg and another two years at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Theology Faculty.

Patriarch Daniel of Romania and other leaders of the Eastern Orthodox Church with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Ioannis Amanatidis on the completion of the work of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Kolymvari, Crete, Greece.

His studies abroad prompted critics to argue that he collaborated with the Securitate, because during the rule of communist president Nicolae Ceauşescu, travelling and studying outside the Eastern Bloc was almost impossible for those who did not send informative notes to the Securitate. Mircea Dinescu of the CNSAS, however, said that his Securitate file was burnt in December 1989 and as such, it cannot be known whether he collaborated with it or not.

On 15 June 1979 he defended a Doctoral Dissertation at the Protestant Theology Faculty in Strasbourg, entitled: "Réflexion et vie chrétiennes aujourd'hui. Essai sur le rapport entre la théologie et la spiritualité, 424 pp." (Christian reflection and life today. Essay on the relationship between theology and spirituality, 424 pp) The dissertation was prepared under the supervision of two well-known French professors: Gerard Ziegwald and André Benoit and it received high praise. Thus he becomes Doctor of the Strasbourg University.

A more developed version of his doctoral dissertation was prepared under the guidance of his mentor, Dumitru Stăniloae and it was successfully defended on 31 October 1980 at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Bucharest under the title: "Teologie și spiritualitate creștină. Raportul dintre ele și situația actuală" (Theology and Christian spirituality. The relationship between them and the current situation).

Between 1980 and 1986, Dan Ilie Ciobotea served as lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, while from 1986 to 1988 he acted as the institute's Adjunct Director.

In 1987, he entered the monastic life in the Sihăstria Monastery in Romania and took the name Monk Daniel, having as his "monastic godfather" the well-known spiritual Archimandrite Cleopa Ilie.

In 1992, he started teaching Theology at the Dumitru Staniloae Faculty of Orthodox Theology in the Al. I Cuza University in Iași.

Between 1 September 1988 – 1 March 1990, he was patriarchal counsellor and director of the Contemporary Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue Section in the Romanian Patriarchate.

In early 1990, he belonged to the short-lived Group for Reflection on Church Renewal where ironically he shared the same views for church reform with Bartolomeu Anania, who would become his rival in the race for patriarch in 2007.

In March 1990, Daniel was ordained as suffragan bishop of the Archbishopric of Timișoara. Three months later, in June 1990, he was appointed Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina.

He founded the influential Radio Trinitas in 1998. Daniel has also been questioned when using a paint-roller dipped in Holy Oil to bless new Radio and Television stations.[2]

Between 5–8 October 2005, the Metropolitanate of Moldova and Bukovina co-organised with the Centre for Post-communist Studies (Canada, directed by Dr. Lavinia Stan and Dr. Lucian Turcescu) a prestigious international symposium on Church and State in Post-communist Eastern Europe.

On 12 September 2007, he was elected to take the lead of the Romanian Orthodox Church, after leading in all three rounds, ahead of the other candidates (Bartolomeu Anania, Metropolitan of Cluj and Ioan Selejean, Bishop of Covasna and Harghita).

Although appreciated for his intellectual skills and diplomacy, Daniel is regarded as a renovationist by traditionalists who accuse him of supporting ecumenism (considered a "heresy of our times"), and of planning to forcibly unite the Romanian Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church,[3] although he refuted the first allegation in a public statement.[4]

Offices and honours

Styles of
Patriarch Daniel of Romania
Reference styleHis Beatitude
Spoken styleYour Beatitude
Religious stylePatriarch


  1. ^ "Părintele Cleopa, Patriarhul Daniel şi Securitatea. Cum a urcat Preafericitul Dan Ilie Ciobotea 3 trepte ale vieţii monahale în 10 zile, ajutat de Teoctist". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Romania: Church patriarch's paint-roller blessing". BBC News. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Romanian Orthodox Christians get new leader" in Southeast European Times, 14 September 2007
  4. ^ "Patriarhul Daniel nu este mason". 10 October 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Cetăţenii de onoare". 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ "P.F. Daniel este cetățean de onoare al orașului Negrești-Oaș". Archived from the original on 4 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Proiect inițiat de Gabriela Firea: Patriarhul Daniel a fost numit Cetățean de Onoare al Capitalei" (in Romanian). Mediafax. Retrieved 23 April 2023.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles Preceded byTeoctist Arăpaşu Patriarch of All Romania 2007–present Succeeded byincumbent