May 24, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The pope met with Tsetska Tsacheva, the President of the Bulgarian Parliament, along with a delegation from her country who are in Rome to celebrate the Orthodox feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius.
Benedict XVI noted that “economic interests are not sufficient for creating a new Europe and that its unity will be more solid if based on it's Christian roots.”
The pope gave the example of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, patrons of Europe and “pioneers of their evangelization” that laid the groundwork for promoting freedom and unity in Christian Europe.
The President of the Bulgarian Parliament thanked the pope for continuing in the footsteps of John Paul II in his openness toward youth and his effort to build strong bridges between the Catholic Church and other faiths.