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From Facebook page of Boyko Borissov / Vatican Media Copyright

Pope Francis Receives Invitation to Visit Bulgaria

Nation’s Prime Minister Visits Pope and Encourages Trip

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, met Pope Francis in the Vatican this morning, May 25, 2018, and invited the Holy Father to visit the nation.

According to the press pool which gave details of the encounter to journalists in the Holy See Press Office, the Prime Minister made the invitation. According to (Sofia News Agency), Bulgaria’s largest English-language news provider, the Holy Father seemed receptive to visit Bulgaria, Romania and another Balkan country.

In his Facebook profile after his audience with the Pope, the prime minister also confirmed the invitation. During the encounter, there was the usual exchange of gifts.  At the end of the audience, the prime minister presented the Bulgarian delegation. Afterward, the Macedonian delegation went to see the Pope.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria and Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaevw visited Rome for the May 24th celebrations. For the first time, the site reported, both countries’ representatives together honored the memory and work of the Saints Cyril and Methodius.


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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