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Bucharest, June 1 /Agerpres/ - Thousands of believers from all over the country and abroad are waiting on Saturday for Pope Francis in Sumuleu Ciuc and Iasi, where the Sovereign Pontiff will be on the second day of his visit Romania. The Pope's visit began in Bucharest on Friday, and will end on Sunday at Blaj.
Bucharest, May 31 /Agerpres/ - The problem of faith is lack of joy, faith wavers when it just floats along in sadness and discouragement, said Pope Francis in the message conveyed, on Friday, at the "St. Joseph" Cathedral in Bucharest. "The living memory of your people preserves this powerful sense of hope against every attempt to dim or extinguish it.
Pope Francis on Friday delivered at the National Cathedral the Lord's Prayer (Our Father in Heaven) in Latin, about which he said it is a synthesis "of our identity of sons and in particular brothers who pray next to each other". "I wish I express my gratitude and emotion for being here in this holy temple that is clustering us in unity.
Pope Francis said on Friday at the Patriarchal Palace in Bucharest that he came as a pilgrim of brotherhood and referenced Pope John Paul II's visit to Romania in 1999.
Pope Francis arrived on Friday in Romania for a historic three-day visit between May 31 and June 2.
The head of the Catholic Church was welcomed at the main airport by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and his wife along with Romanian Orthodox clerics, officials and hundreds of people with messages of greeting.
Both Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Teoctist used to be champions of the Christian faith and felt in their activity the help of Jesus Christ, on Friday said Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, at his meeting with Pope Francis.
The Amateur Film Factory, the project of renowned French director, screenwriter and producer Michel Gondry, landed in Cluj Napoca on the occasion of the 18th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), and will stay here for two and a half months.
The Catholic churches in Miercurea Ciuc will stay open all night for the pilgrims who would wish to rest or just step into the worship places on their way to the Marian shrine in Sumuleu Ciuc, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Saturday, on the second day of his apostolic visit to Romania.
A symbolic watch and an album about the Roman-Catholic Church in Romania are the gifts the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila offered on Friday to Pope Francis on her private audience. According to a gov't information, the watch is manufactured by a Romanian, having Saint Francis of Assisi on its dial, inspired by a Giotto fresco.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Friday had a private audience to Pope Francis who is on a 3-day state and apostolic visit to Romania, during which she evoked the need for unity and solidarity at European level, a release by the gov't reads.
Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to the sacrifices made by "so many sons and daughters of Romania who, with their heritage of values and their work, enrich the countries to which they migrated and the fruits of their employment help their families left in the country." The Sovereign Pontiff, currently on a visit to Romania, held a speech at the Cotroceni presidential Palace on Friday, saying
In 2017, more than 487 billion cigarettes were produced in the European Union - 40 billion less compared to the previous year, according to Eurostat data published today on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, BNR reported.
2017 Production's worth is about € 4.9 billion, which is with € 1.3 billion less than 2016.
Pope Francis said at Cotroceni Palace on Friday that, despite numerous difficulties and shortcomings, Romania has taken many steps in the past 30 years in the democratic project it has committed itself to. "I am glad to be in your beautiful country, 20 years after the visit of St.
Pontifical diplomacy continues to represent a "pacifying" and "balance" factor in approaching global agenda matters, President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday, adding that Romanians see Pope Francis' visit as a new encouragement to contribute to a society of justice and a world of love among people.