During his meeting with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila, Pope Francis talked about the importance of harmony in Romanian society for the pursuit of the common good. Viorica Dancila had an audience with the Sovereign Pontiff, and also met Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, vaticannews.va writes.
The talks focused on the good relations that exist between the Holy See and Romania. The measures taken to favour cooperation on the educational plane were emphasised, the hope expressed being that this plane would be reconsolidated via timely accords.
Current topics were also mentioned, among them the importance of harmony in Romanian society for the pursuit of a common good.
Moreover, the future prospects of the European project were analysed, considering that Romania will take over the rotational presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019.
On the other hand, the Government of Romania informed that, during the private audience, Premier Viorica Dancila thanked Pope Francis for the generous attention he has always given to relations with Romania and expressed hope that the Pope will come on a pastoral visit to Romania.
“During the audience, also discussed was the desire to increase the Romanian presence at the Vatican through a series of high cultural, academic and religious events, given that this year is a special one, celebrating the centennial of the modern Romanian state. The high-ranking official thanked for Pope’s making available the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo for mounting the exhibition ‘Treasures of Romania at the Vatican,’ according to a press statement released by the Romanian Government.
Dancila also stressed the importance of Romania and the Vatican deepening their relationship, including in the special context of Romania’s tenure at the head of the EU Council “which will offer the possibility of conveying a message to the whole of Europe, given the ecumenical vocation of Romania.”
“The conversation highlighted the similarity between Romania and the Vatican’s positions on the consolidation of the European design and the centrality of relating to the design’s Christian roots.”
According to the government, the audience also revealed the congruent views held by Romania and the Holy See on a number of world affairs, especially in the field of human rights protection and freedom of religion.
After private audience with Pope Francis, PM Dancila voices hope Pope will visit Romania
Premier Viorica Dancila stated for Antena3 that, during the talks at the Vatican, Pope Francis confirmed that he will visit Romania next year.
“I was very nervous. It is not a common occurrence to meet the Pope and to feel that thrill of emotion through the messages conveyed. The meeting lasted around 45 minutes. I’ll be very open. We talked about the fact that I’m the first female Prime Minister in Romania, this gladdened him. He asked me about my views on the challenges in Romania. I told him that Romania must focus on positive messages, should find consensus. I would no longer like to see division between generations, between socio-professional categories, and I would like us to go on the same road. The Pope was very pleased with my message. He asked me whether, in Romania, people have faith, whether there is understanding between Orthodox and Catholics, and I said yes. He asked me if I have the strength to take this mandate to completion. I said yes. He told me that early next year he will visit Romania,” she said.
Romanian PM meets Cardinal Parolin to talk about agreement to recognise university diplomas
As part of the visit that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila paid to Vatican, on Friday she met Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, with both officials showing their intention to continue the negotiations regarding the signing of an Agreement on collaboration and mutual recognition of university diplomas.
According to a Government release, Viorica Dancila and Pietro Parolin “expressed their satisfaction for the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Holy See, highlighted both at political and cultural, educational level.”
“Also reiterated was the recognition that the Catholic Church enjoys in Romania, as a partner for the common welfare of the entire society and a contributor to the Romanian spiritual, historic and cultural legacy. In this regard, a series of concrete aspects of interest for the activity of the Catholic and Greek Catholic Churches in Romania have been discussed,” the release mentions.
Furthermore, the PM voiced appreciation for the Catholic Church’s support for the Romanian communities in the Diaspora, including by hosting many Romanian religious communities, Orthodox or Catholic, of Western Europe.
“Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their intention to continue the negotiation on signing an Agreement regarding the collaboration and mutual recognition of university diplomas,” the release mentions.
According to the Executive, an important aspect of discussion tackled the international agenda, with highlights on the similarities of approaches in topical files.
“Mainly tackled were the topics regarding the future of Europe (including in the context of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019), the migrants and refugees issue, as well as the situation of the Peace Process in the Middle East,” the release points out.
Romanian Gov’t to support endowment of “Pio Romeno” College library
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Saturday had a meeting with the Romanian students of the Pontifical Universities, in the context of her visit to Rome on May 10-13, during which she promised that the Bucharest Executive will help with the endowment of the library of the “Pio Romeno” Pontifical College.
“The Prime Minister underscored the importance of the “Pio Romeno” Pontifical College in the formation of Romanians studying with the Vatican Universities and in strengthening relations between Romania and the Holy See. The Prime Minister’s speech highlighted such aspects related to her visit to the Holy See and her being received by Pope Francis, during which meeting they focused on the events related to the Centenary this year of Romania’s Great Union and the desire of the Romanian Government to increase the Romanian presence at the Vatican, through a series of cultural, academic and religious events,” the Government informed in a press release.
At the same time, during the meeting held at the headquarters of the “Pio Romeno” College, Prime Minister Dancila promised the students that the Romanian Executive will help with the endowment of the library of this Pontifical College.
Telephone conversation with Romanian Orthodox Bishop to Italy, Siluan
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, on a visit to the Vatican, had a telephone conversation with the Romanian Orthodox Bishop to Italy, Siluan, who is participating in Paris in the Congress of the Orthodox Romanian Metropolis of Western and Southern Europe, informs a press release of the Government issued on Sunday.
The premier highlighted aspects related to the visit to the Holy See and Pope Francis’ reception. Viorica Dancila underscored the excellent level of the bilateral relations, both at political level and also at cultural and educational level.
The Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the Orthodox Church’s support of the Romanian communities in the Diaspora, especially in the Italian Republic and talked about the importance of churches in the lives of the Romanians living outside the borders of their country.
Moreover, the premier pointed out the importance granted by the Romanian state to the rights of the Romanian communities, the role of religious cults in preserving the spiritual and linguistic identity.
Meeting with representatives of Community of Sant’Egidio
The head of Romanian Executive had a meeting on Sunday with representatives of the Community of Sant’Egidio leadership, who hailed Pope Francis’ intention to visit Romania in the first part of 2019, informs the Government in a press statement.
During the talks, the head of the Executive highlighted aspects related to the visit to the Holy See and Pope Francis’ reception. At the same time, premier Dancila expressed appreciation for the involvement of the Community of Sant’Egidio in organising the visit of Pope John Paul II to Romania, the first visit of a pope to Romania, the Gov’t release mentions.
The discussions also revolved around the support Romania can offer the community with respect to their international humanitarian, conflict prevention and peace maintenance actions.
The premier also talked about the Government’s social programmes.
According to the quoted source, premier Viorica Dancila expressed appreciation for the activity of the Sant’Egidio Community, underlining the desire of the Executive in Bucharest to kick off a series of joint events, such as the presentation of an exhibition in Bucharest, under the high patronage of the Gov’t, on children with the Down syndrome. To this regard, Manuela Harabor, honorary advisor of the Prime Minister will travel to Rome in the up-coming period, to lay the foundations for a partnership.
The head of the Executive received on the occasion a plaque marking the 50-year anniversary since the establishment of the Community of Sant’Egidio.
Premier Viorica Dancila carried out on Sunday, a visit at the Accademia di Romania in Rome, the most ancient cultural Romanian institution abroad which celebrates in the Centenary year, 96 years since its foundation.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister visited the exhibition “Architecture and Royalty” which carries the signatures of Academician Professor Razvan Theodorescu, Professor Augustin Ioan and Professor Marius Marcu-Lapadat.