The prime ministers of Bulgaria and Macedonia, Boyko Borisov and Zoran Zaev respectively, will commemorate Saint Cyril and Methodius Day on May 24 by visiting Rome. They will meet with Pope Francis.
This will be the first time a joint Macedonian-Bulgarian delegation will partake in the traditional visit to the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, where Pope Adrian II blessed the Bulgarian alphabet created by Saints Cyril and Methodius. Bulgaria’s delegation will include members of the academic field, cultural representatives, and members of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The day of Saints Cyril and Methodius is a national holiday in both Bulgaria and Macedonia, but this joint celebration is seen as yet another step towards warming up the relations between the two countries. During the visit to Rome, the Macedonian delegation will also put flowers on the monument of Ivan Vazov, a major Bulgarian literary figure often called “the patriarch of Bulgarian literature.”