Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope receives Romanian president and Ligurian bishops

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Vatican City, February 15 - Pope Benedict XVI met
with the President of Romania and Ligurian bishops on Friday.
Pope Ratzinger held a 20-minute private audience and spoke
with President Traian Basescu without the presence of an
interpreter.
Basescu presented him with a large history of Romania
printed on cotton paper, produced with supervision from the
Romanian Orthodox Church.
After the audience he met briefly with Vatican journalists
who thanked him for his teaching and service to the Church and
said they would pray for him.
Ligurian bishops led by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco,
archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops'
Conference, also made an ad limina visit to the 85-year-old
pontiff who shocked the world when he became the first pope in
modern history to resign on Monday.
"The figure of Peter does not decline," Pope Benedict XVI
told the bishops, who later said they found him to be "very calm
and serene".
"Of course he invited us to pray for him and encouraged us
to remain united with the Church and to pray because Jesus'
promise to (build the Church on) Peter is one that is
fulfilled," Monsignor Alberto Maria Careggio, Bishop of
Ventimiglia-San Remo, told Vatican Radio.

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