President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday announced, upon his leaving for an official visit to the Holy See, that he intended to invite Pope Francis to pay a visit to Romania, while also specifying that the Romanian authorities’ wish was that the visit could be possible in 2018, when the country celebrates 100 years of modern era.
“I will address an invitation to Pope Francis to visit Romania. I have already discussed the matter last night with His Beatitude Daniel and the Romanian Orthodox Church [BOR] is one hundred per cent in support. Our wish is that the visit takes place in 2018, which is a very important year for us, for we celebrate 100 years of modern Romania. Romania has, through its history and culture, the vocation of a special relation with the Holy See. Our wish it to strengthen this excellent cooperation that we have developed over the past 25 years,” the head of state told the journalists present at the Henri Coanda Airport.
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday will be visiting the Expo Milano 2015, following on Friday to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican.
In Milan, the President will participate in the Expo Milano 2015 universal exhibition with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” following to visit Romania’s pavilion, that of the Holy See and Italy’s. Later on Thursday, Iohannis will go to a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian community in Milan.
On Friday, the Romanian President will pay an official visit to the Holy See.
He will meet there with Pope Francis and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and he will visit the Saint Peter Basilica, where lie the remains of Pope John Paul the Second. Moreover, Iohannis will offer a reception in honour of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, he will visit the “Pio Romeno” Pontifical College and he will meet the Romanian students studying in the pontifical education units of Rome.
On Saturday, Iohannis will have a meeting with the leadership of the Sant’Egidio Community and he will visit to the Santa Maria Basilica in Trastevere.