The Newest on Pope Francis’ journey to Bulgaria (all occasions native):

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Pope Francis has arrived in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest nation and one which taken a tough line in opposition to migrants.

That stance conflicts with the pontiff’s view that reaching out to susceptible individuals is an ethical crucial.

On a two-day journey that started Sunday, Francis plans to tour a refugee heart and dive into the Vatican’s difficult relations with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Later within the day, Francis is assembly with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose center-right, pro-Brussels coalition authorities contains three nationalist, anti-migrant events. The federal government has known as for the closure of EU borders to migrants and sealed off its personal frontier to Turkey with a barbed-wire fence.

Bulgaria, which joined the EU in 2007, is the bloc’s poorest nation, with the bottom common month-to-month wage — 575 euros ($645) — and the smallest common month-to-month pension of 190 euros ($213).

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9 a.m.

Pope Francis is heading to Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest nation and one which taken a tough line in opposition to migrants, which conflicts with the pontiff’s view that reaching out to susceptible individuals is an ethical crucial.

Francis is anticipated to go to a refugee heart throughout his two-day go to beginning Sunday, in addition to dive into the Vatican’s difficult relations with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The journey ends with a daylong cease Tuesday in neighboring North Macedonia, the primary by a pope.

Francis begins his Bulgarian journey by assembly with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose center-right, pro-Brussels coalition authorities contains three nationalist, anti-migrant events. The federal government has known as for the closure of EU borders to migrants and sealed off its personal frontier to Turkey with a barbed-wire fence.

The Argentine pope has made the plight of migrants and refugees a trademark of his papacy. His go to falls simply three weeks earlier than European Parliament elections throughout the EU’s 28 nations by which nationalist, anti-migrant events are anticipated to make a strong displaying.

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