- Oct 29, 2020
When Pope Francis lands in Romania in late May, the local church hopes that he will be able to encourage a “spiritual wind” from the East into Europe and rebuild the chilled relations between the Catholic and Orthodox communities in the country.
On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added yet another trip to the end of his busy spring itinerary and will travel to Romania for a 3-day visit at the end of May, marking the fifth international trip on the schedule so far this year.
Pope Francis will visit Romania in 2019, according to Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops’ conference.
A 22-year-old Romanian peasant has taken a step closer to sainthood as a “martyr to chastity,” six decades after she was murdered while resisting rape during the communist-era repression of the Catholic Church.
A constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was recently approved by the overwhelming majority of the lower house of parliament in Romania. The Coalition for the Family collected 3 million signatures from Romanian citizens in support of the constitutional language.
After myriad difficulties the Church in Romania has faced, it is now experiencing a “beautiful rebirth,” Pope Francis said, with new challenges to face. But “this story, made of great witnesses of faith and moments of trial, of severe winters and of flourishing springs, belongs to you,” he said.