Pope at Audience: memories of trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia

Posted May 9, 2019 11:28 am by Katie Carr

Pope at Audience: memories of trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia

Pope Francis at the general audience in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square on May 8, 2019. (Vatican Media)

At this week’s Wednesday’s General Audience in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflects on his Apostolic journey to Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
Bulgaria and Saint John XXIII

The Pope began by saying how, in Bulgaria, he was “guided by the living memory of Saint John XXIII”, who spent nearly ten years in the country as Apostolic Delegate. The motto chosen for the Bulgaria leg of the trip was the title of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, “Pacem in Terris”. Inspired by this motto, Pope Francis said he

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