Pope Francis welcomed the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanon, at Casa Santa Marta.
After a brief meeting behind closed doors, President Ivanon introduced his wife and members of his delegation, including several government ministers.
"They are all young!”
The delegation also included Stephen of Ohrid and Macedonia, the primate and leader of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. He and the Pope greeted each other affectionately.
The Balkan head of state gave the Pope an icon of Our Lady with Baby Jesus, as well as an engraved, wooden image of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
For his part, the Pope gave the president a medallion of the Angel of Peace.
"Continue working to achieve peace.”
With the visit to the Vatican, the Macedonian delegation ended a three-day trip to Italy, to mark a series of events titled, "Macedonia honors St. Cyril.”