Pope Meets With President Traian Băsescu of Romania

Educational Cooperation between Catholic Church and Romanian State Addressed

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Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Mr. Traian Băsescu, President of Romania at the Vatican Apostolic Palace this morning.

Shortly after, President Băsescu met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

In a communique released by the Holy See, the discussions that took place during the meeting emphasized the cordial relations that exist between the Holy See and Romania.

Cardinal Bertone and President Gauck also spoke regarding “the successful cooperation on a European level to safeguard common values was highlighted and prospects for cooperation between the Catholic Church and the Romanian State in the area of education were addressed.”

“Issues continuously affecting Catholic communities in Romania were not overlooked and the Catholic Church’s contribution in integrating Romanian communities abroad was given recognition.,” the communique stated.

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