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Visit to the Holy See -Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis

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Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was received in private audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, on May 11, 2018.

The Head of the Executive thanked His Holiness for the generous attention he always extended to the relations with Romania and voiced hope that the Holy Father pays an apostolic visit to Romania.

During the audience, the desire to increase Romanian presence at Vatican through a series of high cultural, academic and religious events was also discussed, given that this year is a special one, dedicated to the celebration of modern Romanian state’s Centenary. The Romanian senior official thanked for Pope’s making available the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo for mounting the exhibition ‘Treasures of Romania at the Vatican”.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance of Romania and Vatican deepening their relations, including in the special context of Romania’s mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will offer the possibility of conveying a message to the whole of Europe, considering our country’s ecumenical vocation.

The talks highlighted the similarity of Romania and the Vatican’s positions on strengthening the European project and the centrality of reporting to its Christian roots.

The audience also revealed the congruent views of Romania and the Holy See on a series of topical issues of the international agenda, especially in the field of human rights protection and freedom of religion.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis

 

During her visit to Vatican and the Holy See, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their satisfaction over the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Holy See, highlighted both at political and cultural, educational level.

There was also reiterated 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 respect, a series of concrete aspects of interest for the activity of the Catholic and Greek Catholic Churches in Romania were also discussed.

Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the Catholic Church’s support of the Romanian communities in the Diaspora, including by hosting many Romanian religious communities, Orthodox or Catholic, of the Western Europe.

Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their intention to continue the negotiations on signing an Agreement regarding the collaboration and mutual recognition of university diplomas.

The international agenda had an important place within the talks, the similarities in terms of approaching topical dossiers being highlighted. There were mainly tackled the topics regarding the future of Europe (including in the context of Romanian 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.

 

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Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to Vatican

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay a visit to Vatican from May 10 to May 13, 2018. On May 11, 2018, Prime Minister will be received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, and then will have a meeting with His Holiness's Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The Head of the Executive will also have a meeting with the Grand Master of the Malta Sovereign Order, Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, and with the President of the Sant’Egidio Community, Marco Impagliazzo.

Romanian Prime Minister’s visit to Vatican takes place amid very good bilateral relations, and the celebration this year of the Greater Union Centennial, which will be marked by the Holy See through a series of prestigious cultural and academic events

The visit’s agenda also includes a meeting with Romanian students enrolled in Pontifical Universities. The meeting will take place at the headquarters of the „ Pio Romeno” Pontifical College.



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