Ioan Robu, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Bucharest, the head of the Romanian Bishops’ Conference (CER) on Friday appreciated that the celebration of the Saint Liturgy by Pope Francis at Saint Joseph Cathedral represents a historic moment.
“This is the second time when the Holy Father, the Pope, celebrates the Saint Liturgy in the Saint Joseph Cathedral. The first time when this happened was twenty years ago, with Pope John Paul II. And he didn’t even serve the liturgy in Latin rite, but in Oriental rite, Greek Catholic most precisely. Back then, the Holy Father mostly watched everything that happened in the Cathedral, but this time the Holy Father Pope Francis himself will be presiding the Liturgy. For us, this is a historic moment. The Pope doesn’t come often to a country. There have passed twenty years since the first visit of Pope John Paul II, and here we are, twenty years later, welcoming a different pope … I wish to see more such visits, with or without the celebration of the Liturgy at Saint Joseph Cathedral, I hope this historic moment will repeat itself,” said His Highness Robu, who is going to accompany Pope Francis during his visit in Romania, alongside the Greek Catholic Bishop in Bucharest Muhai Fratila, his translator, in all locations.
The state, pastoral and ecumenical visit of Pope Francis in Romania will take place over May 31 – June 2, in Bucharest, Sumuleu Ciuc, Iasi and Blaj. The Sovereign Pontiff will be in Bucharest on May 31, in Sumuleu Ciuc and Iasi on June 1 and in Blaj on June 2. Pope Francis is the second Sovereign Pontiff who comes to Romania after Pope John Paul II, who paid a historic visit to Bucharest in May 1999.