Vatican Issues Apology over TV Mix-up of Bulgaria, MacedoniaDiplomacy | May 24, 2010, Monday // 18:28| views
Bulgarian PM Borisov (left) met with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, May 22. Photo by BGNES
The Vatican has expressed its regret over the report of Vatican TV which presented the Bulgarian delegation meeting Pope Benedict XVI as Macedonian.
The German language version of the Vatican TV report showing the audience of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, May 22, spoke about a “Macedonian delegation.”
The gaffe did not spur any negative reactions on part of the Bulgarian authorities but the Vatican has apologized as the Bulgarian media raised the question.
According to a letter send by the Vatican Spokesperson, Federico Lombardi, to the Bulgarian Embassy to the Vatican, the mistake was purely technical.
“I would like to point out that this is the result of a purely technical mistake, which is also clear from the fact that the original report in Italian as well as the Spanish version of the same report contain the correct information,” states the spokesman while expressing the sincere regret of the Vatican over the mistake, and pointing out that it was corrected in a timely manner.
Each year the Pope traditionally welcomes an official Bulgarian delegation for May 24. This time the delegation was led by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, coinciding with a number of political meetings and events that he participated while in Rome.
A delegation from the Republic of Macedonia usually follows the Bulgarian delegation with an audience with the Pope.
The Vatican TV report is the second gaffe during the visit of the Bulgarian delegation to Rome and the Vatican. The first happened at the very beginning of the visit as the Bulgarian delegation was met at the Ciampino airport with a flag that was turned upside down but was quickly fixed by the hosts when the Bulgarian reporters started to take photos.
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