Pope Francis will pay a visit to Romania in the period May 31 – June 2, the Presidential Administration announced on Friday.
“Receiving the invitation of the President of Romania, of the state authorities and the Catholic Church in Romania, His Holiness Pope Francis will pay an Apostolic Visit to our country between May 31 – June 2, 2019,” a release of the Presidential Administration shows.
According to the quoted source, on the occasion, Pope Francis will visit the cities Bucharest, Iasi, and Blaj, as well as the sanctuary in Sumuleu Ciuc.
The visit was also confirmed by the Vatican, which informed that Pope Francis would make an apostolic trip to Romania at the end of May and early June.
The exact itinerary will be published at a later date.
The Sovereign Pontiff to be received by Patriarch Daniel
Pope Francis will have a meeting with Patriarch Daniel on the occasion of the Pontiff’s visit to Romania between 31 May and 2 June, the spokesman of the Romanian Patriarchate, Vasile Banescu, told AGERPRES on Friday.
“We are glad that the visit was confirmed also due to the old and good relations between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, which were reinforced by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1999 and renewed now by Pope Francis’s forthcoming visit. He will be received by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at a meeting whose program is to be announced. The good relations between the two Churches were and are manifested through the hospitality enjoyed by the Romanian communities in many countries, especially in Italy, where many of the Romanian parishes officiate their religious services in churches made available by the local Catholic community. We note that the visit of Pope Francis to Romania takes place following the official invitations to His Holiness by the Conference of (Catholic) Bishops in Romania, the President of Romania and the Prime Minister of Romania,” said Vasile Banescu.