Vatican News adds Macedonian language as 34th on its portal

One month before Pope Francis’ visit to Skopje, scheduled for May 7, Vatican News has added the Macedonian language as the 34th language available at its portal.

“Catholics living in the Republic of North Macedonia can now find news about Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the Church in the world in their native tongue, as can ethnic Macedonians living in the diaspora,” says Vatican News.

The portal says North Macedonia hosts a 20,000-strong Catholic population. The new Macedonian language page will carry the Pope’s message, thanks to an agreement between the Vatican Dicastery for Communication (Vatican News’ parent organization) and the local Church.

Bishop Kiro Stojanov of Skopje says this presence on Vatican News is “a first-fruit of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit” on 7 May.

The Macedonian language was already present on the website of Vatican Radio before the migration to the Vatican News portal.