Klaus Iohannis: I’ve re-invited Pope Francis to Romania, he seemed very interested. If possible, he’ll come

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday, at a press conference in Rome, that he reiterated his invitation for Pope Francis to pay a visit to Romania in 2018, and the Pontiff Sovereign seemed “very interested” and, if possible, he will honour the invitation and visit our country.

“Apart from an exchange of protocolary niceties that takes place on such occasions, I reiterated the invitation I extended in 2015, when I paid an official visit, the invitation to pay a visit to Romania in 2018. I reiterated this invitation that I also extended a week ago in written protocolary form. From the start, he seemed very interested and I’m convinced all overtures will be made and, if possible, I believe he’ll come,” Klaus Iohannis said when asked about the details of his talks with Pope Francis.

The Head of State took part in the EU’s anniversary summit in Rome, which was preceded on Friday evening by a welcome extended by Pope Francis to all the heads of state and government present.

Around two years ago, President Klaus Iohannis paid a visit to the Vatican. The President met Pope Francis for the first time, inviting him to visit Romania.

In 1999, Pope John Paul II paid a historic visit to Romania, the first visit paid by a Pontiff Sovereign to our country and the first time Pope John Paul II visited a country whose majority population is Orthodox Christian.

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