On May 5 Pope Francis will Address Millions of Catholics Around the World from Sofia
During his apostolic trip to Bulgaria from 5 to 7 May this year. Pope Francis will visit Sofia and Rakovski, and then on May 7 he will travel to Skopje, the presidential press service announced.
The press service of the Holy See has published on Thursday a working version of the pope's program in Bulgaria and northern Macedonia.
He will arrive in Sofia on May 5 and will be met at Sofia Airport by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
The ceremony for the official reception of Pope Francis in Bulgaria will be held in front of the presidential institution, after which President Rumen Radev and the Holy Father will have a meeting of Dondukov 2. After the end of the meeting the Bulgarian head of state and Pope Francis will make statements to the representatives the Bulgarian authorities, the civil society and the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria.
On the first day of his visit, the Pope will meet with Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte and members of the Holy Synod at the Synodal Palace.
Later Pope Francis will pronounce his traditional Sunday prayer "Queen of Heaven" / Regina coeli /. Each Sunday, this prayer is traced live by millions of people around the world, as on May 5 the Pope will turn to them from the Bulgarian capital.
Focus on Pope Francis' program on 6 May is the visit of the town of Rakovski, where the largest Catholic community in Bulgaria lives. In the church "The Most Holy Heart of Jesus" he will serve the world with the first communion of children from all over Bulgaria, and a meeting with the Catholic community will take place in the Church of St. Archangel Michael.
The apostolic journey of Pope Francis in Bulgaria will end with a peace event of the Holy Father in the presence of representatives of various religious denominations in Bulgaria at Nezavisimost Square.
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