Prime Minister Viorica Dancila 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.
Dancila, 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.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is carrying out a visit to the Vatican, Thursday through Sunday.