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Should Romania's Orthodox church be state funded?

6 August 2013 Last updated at 20:12 BST

Mainstream religion is on the wane throughout Europe but there is one country that seems to be bucking the trend.

In Romania, since the fall of communism the Orthodox church has made a huge comeback, with thousands of new churches springing up all over the country- including a new cathedral in the centre of Bucharest.

But as Tessa Dunlop reports questions are now being asked about the church's increasing power and influence.

Listen to the full report on BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents on Thursday, 8 August at 11:00.