Pope Francis will make a layover in the Macedonian town of Skopje, the place where Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu or popularly known as Mother Teresa was born and spent her first 17 years of her life. Pope’s visit is included in his travel plans to the European nations of Macedonia and Bulgaria which is going to start from 5th May to 7th May 2019.
The crucial part of the Pope’s schedule involves two Bulgarian cities: Rakovski and Sofia. Visit to the town of Skopje would be taking place on May 7. Francis’ visit to Bulgaria would become the second visit made by a pope after his forebear St. Pope John Paul II visited Bulgaria in 2002.
Yet another city, Kolkata, formerly named Calcutta, is inseparably associated with Mother Teresa. However, the Macedonian town of Skopje can be ascribed as the place where Mother Teresa spent her adolescence till the day she obtained her vocation as a missionary sister in 1928. In the city of Skopje is the site of Mother Teresa Memorial House. It was the saint’s former home that was converted into a museum. The building greets visitors who want to gain information about the saint. Since 2009, many people came to idolize and revere her relic.
For Francis, the adage of his Bulgarian visit has been summed up to three words i.e. Peace on Earth. The words recollected St. John XXIII encyclical acceptance the same name.
Both Macedonian and Bulgarian church leaders have invited the Pope to their respective nations. On 13th December, the Vatican has affirmed the Pope’s visit to the two nations. As per the U.S. State Department, Catholics in Bulgaria sum up around 0.8% of the total population.
About 76% of the Bulgarian population belongs to the Eastern Orthodox Christian sect. Muslims make up nearly 10% of the population. Other than these two nations, Francis would be also touring to Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Panama.