Bishops, clergy and lay members of the Romanian Orthodox Church are choosing a new patriarch leader today, with an ecumenical and an outspoken archbishop among the favorite candidates.
Metropolitan Daniel, the 56-year-old church leader in the eastern province of Moldavia, is known for his ecumenical stance and is disliked by some church traditionalists. Nevertheless, Daniel was seen by many as the top choice for replacing Patriarch Teoctist, who died in July at age 92. Daniel’s main competition was from Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania, 86, an influential traditionalist known for his criticism of political corruption and television’s influence in modern life. (AP)