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Pope Francis to visit Romania in 2019, sources say

The Spanish publication ‘Periodista Digital’ reports about the alleged visit of Pope Francis in Romania and Bulgaria. The Pontiff Sovereign would reportedly pay the visit in May or June next year.

According to the Spanish journalists, Pope Francis will visit the Patriarchal Cathedral and will hold a religious service in Izvor Park, downtown Bucharest.

He is the second Pontiff sovereign to visit Romania. The first one was Pope John Paul II in 1999. He was the first Pontiff sovereign in history to visit an Orthodox majority country since the great schism of 1054.

At the time, Pope John Paul II said he was glad to visit Romania, which he called the “Garden of the Virgin Mary”.

In May 2018, reacting to the information revealed by the Romanian PM Viorica Dancila, during her meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican, that the Pontiff Sovereign will pay a visit to Romania next year, the spokesperson of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest, Francis Dobos, said that the announcement of such a visit is to be made simultaneously by the Holy See and the Romanian Presidency.

In a Facebook post, Dobos explained he had been „asked” by the official legate of Vatican to Romania, Miguel Maury Buendía, to provide clarification for the mass media on this topic, while remarking that the Holy See has made no referral about the future visit of Pope Francis to Romania during the audience granted to PM Viorica Dancila.

PM Viorica Dancila invited Pope Francis to pay a visit to Romania during the visit paid to the Vatican in early May and the Pontiff Sovereign said “I will come at the beginning of next year.”

Speaking to Antena 3 TV private broadcaster, PM Dancila said at the time: “I have invited the Pope to come to Romania and he answered he would come early next year.”

photo 2: file photo – PM Viorica Dancila’s visit to the Vatican, May 2018

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