In Romania the Pope apologized to the Gypsies

В Румынии Папа Римский извинился перед цыганами

Gypsies in Europe for centuries been subjected to repression and persecution. Hundreds of thousands of Roma, according to historical Chronicles and documents, were killed in the Holocaust.

Pope Francis during his visit to Romania was asked on behalf of the Catholic Church apologize to the Roma for centuries of discrimination, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to zn.ua.

At a meeting with representatives of the Roma community in the Romanian city of Blaj the last day of his visit to the country, the Pontiff asked for forgiveness for “all those times in history when we subjected you to discrimination, ill-treatment or look at you askance.”

Gypsies in Europe for centuries been subjected to repression and persecution. Hundreds of thousands of Roma, according to historical Chronicles and documents, were killed in the Holocaust.

Currently, the European Roma live predominantly in the South and centre of Europe. In Romania they make up about 10% of the total population. They complain that they are forced to fight for jobs, overcoming discrimination, and many of them live in poverty.

A meeting with representatives of the Roma community in Romania was preceded by the ceremony of beatification of seven Catholic bishops who were tortured in Romanian prisons in the Communist period. In 1948, the authorities detained the priests, accusing them of treason for the fact that all seven of them refused to accept Christianity. They were murdered and secretly buried.

According to the 2011 census, in Romania there were only about 150 thousand Greek Catholics — about one-tenth of their number in 1948.

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Earlier, the Pope ordered the priests to report sexual harassment. Pope Francis became known for a revolutionary sexual violence in the Catholic Church. In February, he acknowledged that sexual abuse of nuns in the Church. In the same month the Vatican hosted the first summit of the Catholic Church, dedicated to the fight against pedophilia.

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