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Pope Balkans trip to honour Mother Teresa

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Pope Francis is starting a three-day trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia, in which he is expected to make fresh overtures towards Orthodox Christians and pay tribute to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In a Saturday tweet, the pontiff said he was embarking on the journey on Sunday “as a pilgrim of peace and fraternity”. In Sofia, the Pope is scheduled to meet the leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Neophyte, and pray at the Orthodox Cathedral. However, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has ruled out interfaith prayers or services. On Monday, the Pope will visit a refugee…

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