Pope Benedict XVI: Bulgaria Contributed to United Christian Europe

Diplomacy | May 22, 2009, Friday // 17:54|  views

Bulgaria's President Parvanov (left) was welcomed Friday by Pope Benedict XVI (right). Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria has contributed to the constructing of a united Europe with Christian roots, according to Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope made this statement during his speech before the Bulgarian delegation in the Vatican, which is led by Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the Bulgarian delegation and blessed the Bulgarian people on the occasion of May 24, the Day of the Slavic Script and Bulgarian Culture, also known as the day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius.

During the papal audience, Bulgaria's President Parvanov has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Bulgaria saying his visit would make happy not just the 70 000 Bulgarian Catholics, and the Bulgarian Orthodox Christians but all Bulgarian citizens.

Pope Benedict XVI responded to the invitation by saying that he would visit Bulgaria but has not specified when.

President Parvanov explicitly thanked the Pope for the gesture of the Catholic Church, which in 2002 gave the San Vincenzo e Anastasio temple to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

After the papal audience, at a service in the same church, priests dedicated a model of a special installation that Bulgarian intellectuals intend to present to the Museum of Nations in Brussels, Darik Radio reported.

The installation is similar to a Faberge egg. It is made of steel, and contains an incrustation of the letters of the Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet. The idea of the present is to respond to the controversial Entropa exhibit in Brussels where Bulgaria was presented as a squat toilet.


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