Holy See–Romania relations
Holy See–Romania relations are foreign relations between the Holy See and Romania. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1920. The Holy See has an embassy in Bucharest. Romania has an embassy to the Vatican.
From May 7, 1999 to May 9, 1999 Pope John Paul II made an official visit to Romania. It was the first papal trip to a predominantly Orthodox country in more than 1,000 years. He attended an Orthodox liturgy on May 9, 1999, marking the first time a pope has ever attended an Orthodox service. In 2002 there were 1,028,401 Catholics in Romania, representing 4.7% of the country’s population.
- Stanley, Alessandra (May 10, 1999). "Pope's Visit Adds to Hope Of a Future With the West". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
John Paul II's three-day visit in Bucharest, which ended today, is the first Papal trip to a predominantly Orthodox country in more than 1,000 years, a bold mission to mend the breach between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity.
- "Pope John Paul II becomes first pope to attend an Orthodox service". Radio Telefís Éireann. 1999. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
Pope John Paul II has attended an Orthodox liturgy on the final day of a three-day visit to Romania. It is the first time a pope has ever attended an Orthodox service. He embraced the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Bucharest's Union Square before a congregation of 50,000 worshippers. In doing so, the 78-year-old pontiff made history as the first pope ever to attend an Orthodox service.
- "Rezultate: Populaţia după religie la recensământul din" (in Romanian). Recensământ. Retrieved 2009-06-15.