Monday, August 19, 2013

Lawmakers Call on Romania to Return Churches; Gave Cath. Churches to Orth. Church after WWII

A group of 20 U.S. lawmakers is urging the Romanian government to return the churches it seized after World War II, the Catholic Culture website reports today (August 19, 2013).

Following Soviet occupation, Romania became a Communist state, seized Romanian Greek Catholic Churches, and turned them over to Romania's Greek Orthodox Church.

The Communist government -- eventually overthrown in 1989 -- also confiscated many Protestant church buildings.

The lawmakers -- led by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) -- called upon the U.S. State Department to "vigorously engage the Romanian government to end the travesty of justice which it has perpetuated by failing to fully restitute properties illegally confiscated from religious denominations."

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