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03 May 2019 | 06:20 PM UTC

Bulgaria: Pope Francis to visit Sofia and Rakovski May 5-7

Bulgaria News Alert

Pope Francis will visit Sofia and the town of Rakovski May 5-7; heightened security measures and disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Sofia). COUNTRY/REGION Sofia, Rakovski


Pope Francis will visit Bulgaria from Sunday, May 5, until Tuesday, May 7, before leaving for North Macedonia. The Pope is scheduled to arrive at Sofia International Airport (SOF) at 10:00 (local time) on Sunday. Public events will be held at Alexander Nevsky Square in Sofia at 15:00 and Knyaz Alexander Square at 16:45. On Monday, May 6, Francis will fly to Rakovski to visit a refugee camp and meet with members of the Catholic community before flying back to Sofia at 17:15. He will then hold a public prayer ceremony at Nezavisimost Square starting at 18:15. Heightened security measures, including an increase in checkpoints and movement restrictions, will be in place around all of the papal events. Traffic disruptions and increased regulations will also be in effect in Sofia and Rakovski through May 7.


Individuals in Sofia and Rakovski are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant in large public gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Anticipate increased security measures and localized transportation disruptions (including crowded conditions) near events related to the papal visit.


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