“Let’s Walk Together” : Pope Francis will visit Romania

Pope Francis is scheduled to undertake an Apostolic Visit to Romania from 31 May to 2 June 2019.

Logo of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Romania


Pope Francis is scheduled to undertake an Apostolic Visit to Romania from 31 May to 2 June 2019.

Pope Francis will travel to Romania for an Apostolic Visit that will take him to the capital Bucharest, to the eastern university city of Iași, to Blaj in Transylvania and to the Marian Shrine of Sumuleu Ciuc on the outskirts of Miercurea Ciuc city, also in Transylvania.

Holy See Press Office “ad-interim” Director, Alessandro Gisotti, said the visit is scheduled to take place from 31 May to 2 June. It comes following an invitation by State Authorities and the Romanian Catholic Church.


The motto of the visit is “Let’s Walk Together.” The trip’s logo, in blue and gold, depicts a group of Romanian people walking beneath an image of Our Lady, which according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, evokes the Virgin Mary’s care and protection of the Romanian people.

The statement also noted that Romania has often been called “the garden of the Mother of God,” which is a phrase used also by Pope St. John Paul II during his Apostolic Journey to the country.

In the footsteps of Pope St. John Paul II

Pope Francis’ visit to Romania follows exactly 20 years after Pope St. John Paul II was the first Pope to go to Romania in 1999.

The Press Office statement also notes that “The visit of Pope Francis takes up this Marian accent, inviting everyone to join forces under the protective mantle of Our Lady,” and adds that “Pope Francis has always urged for unity among different forces, for the rejection of egoisms and for the centrality of the common good”.

It concludes saying that “The Successor of Peter comes to Romania to foster unity and confirm the faith”.

Catholics in Romania make up over 4 percent of the population and are the second largest denomination after the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The Pope will be traveling to the region earlier in the month when he will visit Bulgaria and
Source: Vatican News, 11 January 2019, link: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-01/pope-francis-apostolic-visit-romania.html

Republished by Intell News Romania in English, May 23,  2019

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My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (Constantine the Great and Christianity) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , Painting section, with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990, in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. In the period 2004-2016, I had the honor to have the encouragements, the advices, the friendship of the Master PAUL GHERASIM(1925-2016), my mentor, the founder of the "Prolog" group. During the period 1992-1994 I was artistic advisor at Coleus contemporary art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration - AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Visual Artists’ Union from Romania(UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania. From 2014 I am member Visarta( from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I had 4 Personal Exhibitions with sacred art, organized by UAP from Romania- Visual Artists’ Union from Romania, in Bucharest (2001, 2003, 2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery), also another two at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008), Sabion Gallery in Bucharest(2019, together with Cristina Georgescu). I had also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The icons, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy(Pompeii, Pisa, Turin, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Bari, Viadana, Mantua), but also in France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland; in secondary also I am cultural journalist: from May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at Culture (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucureştiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper, which has been called since April 2020 the Jurnalul Bucureştiului ,,Le Petit Parisien”, with a different leadership and a different format. From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor of the Intell News(Global news, press and event analysis) and coordinator of the Culture pages (in Romanian and English, named Intell News Romania). From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.