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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (CNA) - Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's June 2 in-flight press conference from Sibiu, Romania to Rome:

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ROMANIA -- Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give him strength.

BLAJ, Romania -- The memory and witness of Romania's martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and religious traditions, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Romanians, young and old, must hold on to their roots

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IASI, Romania -- Pope Francis ended his second day in Romania with a festive meeting with young people and families that encapsulated his message of fostering dialogue between younger and older generations.

June 1, 2019

Leave divisions behind, Pope Francis at Marian Shrine

MIERCUREA CIUC, Romania -- At a Marian shrine in the heart of Transylvania, Pope Francis called on Romania's Catholics to leave resentments behind and to embark on a journey of unity.

May 31, 2019

Papal Mass in Romania: Imitate Mary's joy in the visitation

BUCHAREST (CNA) -- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Bucharest for the feast of the Visitation Friday, encouraging Catholics in Romania to imitate Mary’s humble joy in the little things in life.

Pope Francis emphasizes Christian unity in prayer with Romanian Orthodox

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BUCHAREST (CNA) -- In a meeting with the Romanian Orthodox in their new cathedral in Bucharest Friday, Pope Francis prayed for the union of Christians as demonstrated in the first words of the Pater noster.

Pope Francis urges Romanian leaders to care for country's poor

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BUCHAREST, Romania -- Pope Francis told Romanian leaders a country's success is measured by how it treats and cares for its most vulnerable citizens. especially the poor and disadvantaged.

Universal and local: Church law responds to local law, culture

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VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church has universal laws valid around the globe, but many of those laws -- including on handling allegations of abuse -- must be further refined on a local level to respond to national laws and cultures.

Ahead of visit, Pope Francis calls on Romania to remember legacy of martyrs

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he hopes his visit to Romania will strengthen the bonds of faith that unite Orthodox and Catholics in the country.

May 29, 2019

Wednesday Audience: Through the Holy Spirit, God's word can tear down divisive walls

VATICAN CITY -- When the Holy Spirit speaks to men and women through the word of those who evangelize, it ignites a power strong enough to break down the barriers that divide the human family, Pope Francis said.

May 28, 2019

Santa Marta Mass: Holy Spirit keeps Christians young at heart

VATICAN CITY -- The Holy Spirit keeps Christians young at heart, supporting them in times of trial and helping them praise God no matter what is going on, Pope Francis said.

‘Urgent’ action needed on climate change, says pontiff

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VATICAN CITY -- If the world is to win the fight against climate change, its leaders must stop profiting from fossil fuels that threaten the survival and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, Pope Francis said.