- Carol Glatz
- Jun 5, 2019
People need to walk together in harmony to build a more fraternal world, Pope Francis said, reflecting upon his recent trip to Romania.
In a brief news conference on his return flight from a May 31-June 2 visit to Romania, Pope Francis said that his predecessor, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, gives him strength and connects him to Christian tradition.
“History tells us that Christians too, including Catholics, are not strangers to such evil. I would like to ask your forgiveness for this,” Pope Francis said while telling Romania’s gypsies that he’s sorry for their mistreatment.
On Sunday in Romania, Pope Francis beatified seven bishops of the Eastern rite church who refused to abandon their faith under the communist dictatorship, which wasn’t overthrown until 1989.
“Do not forget your mother and your grandmother, and the simple but robust faith that gave them the strength and tenacity to keep going and not to give up,” the pope told young people and families greeting him before the Palace of Culture on Romania’s Children’s Day June 1.
Pope Francis calls Catholics in Romania to “weave the threads of tomorrow” while at the Marian shrine of Sumuleu Ciuc.