DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     December 1, 1998     vol. 9, no. 233

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          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II today met with Bishop Jean-Claude Perisset, the newly appointed papal nuncio to Romania. Reporters speculated that the subject for the meeting might have a proposed papal visit to Romania, but the Vatican made no announcement about the discussion.

          The Swiss-born bishop, a veteran Vatican official who has served in previous diplomatic postings to Peru, France, Pakistan, and Japan, was assigned to Romania on November 12. In recent months there has been widespread discussion of a papal trip to Romania, which would be the Pope's first official visit to a predominantly Orthodox country in Eastern Europe.

          Speaking to a reporter from the Roman news agency I Media after his audience, Bishop Perisset confirmed that one of the key points he would address as nuncio would be the status of church properties which were confiscated from the Catholic Church by the former Communist government, and handed over to Orthodox parishes. A joint commission including both Catholic and Orthodox representatives has recently made substantial progress toward a satisfactory resolution of those cases, he reported.

          As for a papal visit, the bishops said: "If things continue to progress, that visit might be arranged. But for the moment, nothing has been settled on that subject."

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December 1, 1998       volume 9, no. 233


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