Monday, november 8th

Romanians  celebrate Synaxis of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Romanians and Christian Orthodox believers all over the world celebrate the Synaxis of the Supreme Commanders Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and of other bodiless and heavenly orders. The synaxis was established at the beginning of the fourth century. According to Romania’s Directorate for Persons’ Record and Data Base Management (DEPABD), almost 1.5 million Romanians celebrate their name today as most common names are Mihai (Michael), with over 371,000 people, and Gabriel, with over 313,000 people while most common female first names are Mihaela (over 367,000) and Gabriela (almost 252,000). So there is only one celebration, one feast common between humans and angels. The angels are members of the Church, the body of Christ. November 8 is also a specific feast of Archangel Michael, going back to history in celebrating the memory of his church of Arkadia in Constantinople.

Renewed anti-vaccine protests in Romania’s capital

Hundreds of people in Romania’s capital Bucharest converged in the Univesity Square late on Sunday as authorities announced new restrictions amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. Protests were focused against compulsory vaccintion, and the green certificate. Crossroads and road traffic in down town Bucharest were temporarily blocked. Romania is getting crushed by one of the worst coronavirus waves in Europe. The country is not an isolated case within the EU as Latvia, Lithuania and neighbouring Bulgaria have similarly high scores. However, the country’s health care system is so burdened that many hospital employees say collapse is imminent.

Romania coronavirus updates

Romania reported 4,255 new COVID-19 cases on Monday with 241 deaths (109 men, 132 women), and another 1,870 people under intensive care. In the capital Bucharest, the number of cases hit 635, according to date issued by the country’s Strategic Communication Group (GSC). With cases reported, the Romanian capital still leads among other regions across the country, followed by the north-western county of Cluj, with 331 cases, eastern county of Galatzi with 325 cases, southern county of Ilfov with 261 cases, and western county of Timiș with 230 cases.

Alexandru Danga, RADOR