(DF) Foreign Minister Stoev Confers with Cardinal Semeraro of the Vatican

June 29 (BTA) – Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev received Tuesday Cardinal Marcello Semeraro of the Vatican to discuss with him bilateral relations and their activation in recent years, the Foreign Ministry said. Stoev welcomed the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to Bulgaria, underscoring the shared values based on faith, humanism, justice and mercy. He expressed satisfaction with the level of dialogue between the Vatican and Bulgaria, recalling the visit of President Rumen Radev on the occasion of May 24 this year. Gratitude to the Vatican was also conveyed for the support to the Catholic community in Bulgaria over the years, as well as for the opportunity to celebrate a Bulgarian service at the Church of San Paolo alla Regola in Rome. Cardinal Semeraro expressed gratitude for the hospitality, underscoring that it had also been appreciated highly by Pope Francis during his visit to Bulgaria in 2019. “The Bulgarian land is a crossroads of cultures and people, and Europe was born of the meeting between peoples,” the cardinal said. RY/BR //