- Oct 24, 2020
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.
“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.
Speaking to the Orthodox Patriarch in Romania, Pope Francis called faithful not to be seduced by the individualistic ‘culture of hate.’
Pope Francis landed in the Eastern European country of Romania on Friday, where he warned about the “hurdles” created by progress and called for “a greater collaboration” among its political and religious authorities.
Pope Francis is heading to Romania for a three-day, cross-country pilgrimage that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country.
Pope Francis said he hopes his visit to Romania will strengthen the bonds of faith that unite Orthodox and Catholics in the country.