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CCEE MEETING The Eparchy of Sofia and the Bishops’ Conference hosted the annual meeting of the Media Officers and Spokespeople of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe (6-10 July 2017). There were important meetings with the director of the Bulgarian National News Agency (BTA), Maxim Minchev, and with His Majesty Simeon II of Bulgaria, former Prime Minister (20012005). OFFICIAL VISIT From 30 June – 1 July 2017, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, visited Bulgaria at the invitation of His Lordship Mgr Petko Christov, Bishop of Nicopoli. The Cardinal presided at Mass in the parish dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in Pleven, and, along with the three bishops, re-consecrated Bulgaria and the Catholic Church in Bulgaria to the intercession of the Mother of God in Fatima. During his visit, the Prefect met the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the



Vice-Premier and the Minister of Defence, Krassimir Karakachanov. Cardinal Sandri then went to the other two Catholic dioceses in Bulgaria, respectively the Apostolic Exarchate of Sofia and the diocese of Sofia and Plovdiv. PUBLICATIONS Worthy of note among the new publications: 26 June saw the launch of the book by Dr Kiril Kartaloff devoted to 25 years of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the Holy See. The book contains documents, photos and official statements. In September 2016, the publisher CIELA translated and published the Holy Father’s book “The name of God is mercy”. In October 2016, the autobiographical book of Saint Ignatius Loyola, The Pilgrim, was published in Bulgarian. In March 2017, a new book in Bulgarian was published on the Mother of God at Fatima, to mark the centenary of the apparitions.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  
Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.