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Pope concerned about St. Joseph Cathedral’s fate

The Metropolitan Archbishop Ioan Robu and Auxiliary Bishop Cornel Damian were received on Monday in audience by the Sovereign Pontiff Pope Benedict XVI, on which occasion the latter voiced his concern about the present situation of St. Joseph Cathedral. According to a press release of the Roman-Catholic Archbishopric from Bucharest, remitted to Agerpres, Metropolitan Archbishop Ioan Robu and Auxiliary Bishop Cornel Damian, together with other Catholic bishops from Romania went to Rome on the occasion of the visit “ad limina Apostolorum” (February 8-13). The visit to the Apostles tomb is the periodical visit that the Catholic bishops from the whole world pay to the tombs of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul, “pillars” of the Church. The Sovereign Pontiff inquired about the situation of the Catholics from the archdiocese, of the clergy and of the consecrated persons (monks and nuns), the relations with the majority Church and the other religious denominations from Romania. Pope Benedict XVI also told the bishops from Bucharest that he is informed about the present situation of St. Joseph Cathedral, and, according to the quoted press release, expressed his regret that this church is still in danger although the representatives of the Roman-Catholic Archbishopric from Bucharest have requested the Romanian authorities since 2001 to take measures for the protection of St. Joseph Cathedral.

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