Roman Catholic bishop to invite pope to Estonia

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The apostolic administrator for the Roman Catholic Church in Estonia, Bishop Philippe Jourdan, will on Thursday meet with Pope Francis and invite him to pay a visit to Estonia.

Jourdan's trip to Rome is a regular visit that each Roman Catholic bishop makes on the average once in five years, the apostolic administration said. The purpose of such visits is to strengthen the life of the church and unity around the successor to St. Peter.

The bishop will give the pope an overview of Estonia and the situation of the Roman Catholic Church here. It is also planned to discuss questions related to the 800th anniversary of the dedication of Estonia to the Virgin Mary and the bishop will invite the pope to visit St. Mary's land as Estonia is poetically referred to.