His Excellency Papal Nuncio Miguel Maury Buendia has had the kindness to offer an interview to the Diplomat Club newspaper. We are presenting it in the following.
Excellency, any visit of His Holiness abroad represents a mission. What was the mission of this visit to Romania?
You just named it: this time the mission was to visit Romania. Pope John Paul II also visited Bucharest, but his visit was fundamentally a visit to the Orthodoxy; it was the first time that a Pope visits a country with a majority of orthodox believers. Now, twenty years later, Pope Francis wanted to go to places in Transylvania and Moldavia, which His Saint Predecessor did not have the opportunity to visit.
To what extent the objectives of the visit were attainted?
Objectives were attained 100% in all the pastoral dimensions of the visit. The Vatican is working hard in this field and expects to progress in dialog with the Orthodox Churches. It is not possible to walk towards the unity Our Lord wants for His Church, if the different actors are divided among themselves. Unity is the charisma of Saint Peter’s Successor. The problems that arise in this achievement, in the accomplishment of unity, more than from the faithful, come mainly from some sectors of the clergy.
Your Excellency may be aware of the relations of good understanding among religious confessions in Romania. How was reflected this quality of these relations in the context of the Papal Visit?
This understanding among religious confessions became more than clear at the National Orthodox Cathedral in Bucharest, and we once again thank Patriarch Daniel for this. At the same time, the joy of good understanding was manifested everywhere else in Romania.
The Papal Visit represents a great success for Your Excellency mandate to Romania. How was your work with Romanian authorities – laity and ecclesiastic – in preparing this important event?
We worked all as one, united in action, mind and spirit, and I think we succeeded in offering to all Romanians the wonderful experience to appreciate and know themselves and their country, better.