President Basescu at the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Romania


President Traian Basescu will be attending today the events celebrating ten years since Pope John Paul II’s visit to Romania, to be hosted by the Patriarchy Palace in Bucharest, the President’s Press Office reports.

The President will also welcome Monsignor Dominique Membersti, the Vatican’s foreign minister.

At a conference celebrating ten years since late Pope John Paul II’s visit to Romania, the first visit by a Pope to a predominantly Christian Orthodox country, the delegate of Pope Benedict XVI, President Basescu, Roman Catholic Metropolitan Bishop Ioan Robu and Patriarch Daniel of the Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) will deliver speeches.

The conference will end with the unveiling of an anniversary plaque at the Conventus Hall of the Patriarchy Palace, where Pope John Paul II met the BOR Saint Synod.

In the after-noon, President Basescu will decorate the members of the law team that represented Romania before the International Court of Justice in the case against Ukraine concerning maritime delimitation of the Black Sea, while in the evening the President will extend a reception party to mark Europe Day, in the garden of the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

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