Tired of waiting, Romanian charity builds new hospital

Tired of waiting for authorities to act, civil groups in Romania — one of the EU’s poorest members which takes over the bloc’s presidency in January — are taking matters into their own hands and drumming up cash for new roads and hospitals themselves.

Today in History for December 22nd

(23 Dec 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Uprising topples Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu; Richard Reid tries to light explosives in his shoes on Miami flight; French army officer Alfred Dreyfus convicted of treason; Pop star Madonna marries Guy Ritchie. (Dec. 22)

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Romania consecrates huge orthodox ‘people’s salvation’ cathedral

Tens of thousands of worshippers attend the inauguration of a massive new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, amid criticism that public funding for the project could be better used to pay for hospitals and schools in one of the EU’s poorest members. Construction of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest began in 2010 and is only scheduled to be completed in 2024.

Romania votes in controversial marriage referendum

Romania begins voting in a referendum on a narrow definition of marriage that the ruling Social Democrats hope will re-energise flagging grassroots support among the country’s overwhelmingly Orthodox population.

Tens of thousands protest in Romania

Tens of thousands gathered Saturday in the Romanian capital Bucharest for a second straight day after more than 450 people were hurt and around 30 arrested in a huge anti-corruption protest.

Glimmer of hope for Romania’s faded architectural gems

In a spa town nestled near Romania’s border with Bulgaria and Serbia, Oana Chirila puts on her hard hat and gets down to work with a dozen other young architects to try to save their country’s heritage. Some of the precious architectural gems they are striving to restore bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages.

Fear of vaccinations puts Romanian children at risk of measles

Measles is still claiming young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.