Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Pope Lauds Mother Teresa in N. Macedonia Mass; Praises N. Macedonia for Agreeing to a New Name

In a historic visit to North Macedonia today (May 7, 2019), Pope Francis praised the late Mother Teresa in a prayer during a mass, according to the UPI website.

Mother Teresa was canonized as a saint in 2016 by Francis, 19 years after her death. The Catholic nun devoted her life to helping the poor in India.

The pope also praised North Macedonia as a bridge between east and west and encouraged it to engage more with European institutions now that a decades-long dispute with Greece over its name has been settled. In February, the Republic of North Macedonia was agreed upon as the new name by the country and Greece, which has a bordering province called Macedonia.

About 15,000 people attended today's mass at Macedonia Square. The visit to Skopje, North Macedonia's capital, comes at the end of a three-day tour that also took Francis to Bulgaria.

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