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Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

On 3 November, Father Ioan Sauca was confered the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Senate of the Transylvanian Babes Bolyai University from Cluj Napoca, Romania.

05 November 2015

Father Ioan Sauca, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and director of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, Switzerland, has been awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the Transylvanian Babes Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Professor Ioan Aurel Pop, rector of the university, paid tribute to Sauca’s contributions to both the Orthodox Church and the ecumenical movement. A Romanian Orthodox theologian, Dr Ioan Sauca is the WCC’s associate general secretary for education and ecumenical formation. Professor Dr Andrei Andreicut, the archbishop of Cluj Napoca, called Sauca a man of vocation, a charismatic teacher and an Orthodox priest marked by ecumenical openness.

“This is a sign of his significant role as ecumenical leader, visionary and practical, solid in his theology and standing in the church and the academia. His passion for ecumenical formation bears many fruits”, said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

“The World Council of Churches expresses its deep appreciation for the decision of  the Transylvanian Babes Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca,” Tveit added.

The Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey