- Jun 1, 2020
Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea.
Although Catholics in most East European countries have backed measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, for some it has also revived painful memories of communist rule. Sensitivities over church closures have also surfaced in Western Europe, where some Catholics have questioned the right of civil authorities to prohibit religious worship.
Pope Francis told Jesuits in Romania that tensions and struggles within the Church have left it wounded and that the only path forward is through humble dialogue, not futile arguments.
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.