15-year-old Ivea Simeonova comes from Sofia. One day she would like to be a pediatrician.
The pontiff is visiting Bulgaria, which could prove a touchy affair, as the country's Orthodox Church is not on the best of terms with Rome. But he is popular with the people there.
Although Pope Francis wants the Balkan nation to open its hearts and homes to migrants, there is considerable opposition to refugees in Bulgaria. Ties with the Catholic Church are also not warm.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas ran late for a trip to Bulgaria after a fault was found with an engine on his government plane. The aging fleet that carries top German politicians has faced a litany of problems.
Pope Francis has delivered prayers and speeches in North Macedonia, the birthplace of Mother Theresa. He has urged for unity in a country struggling with deepening political division.
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