Bulgaria Lobbies Allies to Soften UNESCO Pirin Park Decision

Australia intervened at Thursday's annual meeting of the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in Bahrein to stop some Bulgarian amendments to the Commitee's decision on the Pirin National Park - a UNESCO heritage site.

The UNESCO Committee adopted a decision on the national park at its 42nd session on Thursday that incorporated only some of the changes Bulgaria sought.

Pope Francis Wants to Deepen the Dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church

Pope Francis is ready for dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and Patriarch of Moscow and all the eastern cyrilllic. This statement was made by the Pontiff during a meeting with Metropolitan Ilarion Volokamski and other representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church during a meeting with the head of the External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate.