Pope Francis received President Klaus Iohannis in Vatican on Friday; the Romanian head of state was accompanied by his wife, Carmen, and by an official delegation.
His Holiness and the President discussed for 20 minutes, before Iohannis introduced his wife and closest collaborators.
The President offered the Pope an engraving of downtown Sibiu with several churches of various confessions, and explained it was a symbol of the possibility of living together in harmony in Romania, irrespective one’s religion; he also presented a golden coin minted to celebrate 2,000 years of Christianity, showing the importance Romanians attach to the Christian faith.
Pope Francis presented Iohannis with a picture of the angel of peace defeating the death.
The President and his wife concluded their visit to the Vatican by laying flowers at the tomb of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter’s Basilica
Pope Francis has accepted President Klaus Iohannis’s invitation to visit Romania at a date that will be subsequently agreed upon, informs the Presidential Administration in a Friday release.
“The President of Romania formally invited His Holiness to visit Romania. The invitation was accepted with pleasure, and the date of the visit will be subsequently established via diplomatic channels,” the cited source said.
According to the release, President Klaus Iohannis was received by Pope Francis in audience on Friday morning, after which he met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
“During these very cordial meetings that took place precisely on the day of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Holy See, the sides discussed bilateral ties, expressing particular satisfaction at the excellent course they followed over the past 25 years. The sides also reaffirmed the mutual interest in the further development of bilateral dialogue and cooperation, with focus on areas such as the promotion of religious freedom, inter-faith dialogue and the combat of fundamentalism. The sides also exchanged views on topical international issues,” informed the Presidential Administration.