Ioan Robu

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His Excellency

Ioan Robu

Archbishop of Bucharest
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AppointedMarch 14, 1990
PredecessorAlexandru Theodor Cisar
Other postsApostolic Administrator of Bucharest (1984–1990)
Titular Bishop of Cellae in Proconsulari (1984–1990)
OrdinationAugust 15, 1968
ConsecrationDecember 8, 1984
by Agostino Casaroli
Personal details
Born (1944-11-06) November 6, 1944 (age 74)
Târgu Secuiesc, Romania
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Alma materAlphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University
MottoEt veritas liberavit vos (English: And the truth will make you free),(John 8:32)[1]
Coat of armsIoan Robu's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Ioan Robu
Priestly ordination
Ordained byPetru Pleșca
DateAugust 15, 1968
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAgostino Cardinal Casaroli
Co-consecratorsLuigi Cardinal Pogi,
Archbishop Mario Schierano
DateDecember 8, 1984
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Ioan Robu as principal consecrator
Cornel DamianDecember 8, 2003

Ioan Robu (born November 6, 1944) is a Romanian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the sixth and current Archbishop of Bucharest.

Robu was born in Târgu Secuiesc, where his father, a native of Traian, Neamț County, had briefly come to work. A graduate of the Roman Catholic Theological Institute of Iași, he was ordained to the priesthood on August 15, 1968. He then served at the Roman Catholic parish in Craiova and at Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Bucharest. Studying in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University's Alphonsian Academy from 1973 to 1977, he obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree. During the summer of 1977, he was parish priest in Buzău, and from that year until 1983, was director of his alma mater in Iaşi.[2]

He was elected diocesan administrator on December 1, 1983 and apostolic administrator and bishop on October 25, 1984 before being consecrated titular bishop of Cellae in Proconsulari on December 8, 1984 in Rome by Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli. He was raised to the rank of archbishop on April 29, 1990, in the presence of Archbishop Angelo Sodano, representative of Pope John Paul II.[2]


  1. ^ Accessed March 6, 2013
  2. ^ a b (in Romanian) Biography Archived August 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine at the Archdiocese of Bucharest site; accessed September 7, 2010