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Pope Francis: trip to Romania from 31 May to 2 June

“In response to the invitation issued by the President, the state authorities and the Catholic Church of Romania”, the Pope will make an apostolic trip to the country from 31 May to 2 June 2019, to “visit the cities of Bucharest, Iaşi and Blaj, and the Marian shrine of Șumuleu Ciuc”, the “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office told journalists today. “The program of the trip – he explained – will be published in due course”. “Let us walk together” / “Să mergem împreună” – this is the motto of the journey, whose logo depicts the “people of God” “walking under the protection of Our Lady”. Indeed, Romania is often called “the garden of the Mother of God”, an expression cherished by all the faithful which was also used by Saint John Paul II during his visit in 1999. Pope Francis’ visit – the statement presenting the logo reads – “takes up again this Marian accent, inviting us to join forces under the protective mantel of Our Lady” as the motto “Let us walk together” exhorts us to do. Furthermore, the Pope “has always urged for unity among different forces, for the rejection of egoisms and for the centrality of the common good. The Successor of Peter comes to Romania to foster unity and confirm the faith”. The colours used in the logo recall those of the national flag: blue, yellow and red.

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