The Youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church

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Source: MYSTAGOGY On Sunday, July 6th, the youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church was ordained in the Sacred Church of Saint Marina in Bulgaria. Archimandrite Arsenios was elected Bishop of Znepol, an assistant to Metropolitan Nicholas of Philippopolis (Plovdiv), by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria on Wednesday 2 July. Bishop Arsenios of Znepol became the youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church at just 28 years of age, after a special setting in the Charter of the Church of … [Read more...]

Patriarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church in good health

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Source: FOCUS Information Agency Sofia. Patriarch Neophyte, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is in good health and complies successfully with his obligations. The press centre of the Holy Synod announced the news in connection with rumours concerning his health, which was said to have deteriorated. Yesterday Radio Darik reported he fainted away at the altar of a church in Istanbul while a divine liturgy, which closed the meeting of the heads of the local Orthodox Churches, was being … [Read more...]

Parliamentary committee proposes subsidy for Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria

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Source: The Sofia Globe Members of Bulgaria’s parliamentary committee on religious affairs are proposing for the first time to include the Roman Catholic church in the country in the list of religious bodies to receive state subsidies. This emerged after a meeting between the chairperson of the committee, Plamen Slavov, and the head of the bishops’ conference of the Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria, Hristo Proykov. “So far, we have been self-supporting, and if we get this grant, it … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church metropolitan objects to plan for Pope John XXIII monument in Nessebur

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Source: Sofia Globe by The Sofia Globe staff The Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Sliven, Yoanikii, has issued a statement objecting to reported plans for a monument to Roman Catholic Pope John XXIII in the seaside town of Nessebur, saying that John XXIII did not deserve this and the move would create tensions between Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics. John XXIII, Pope from October 1958 to June 1963, was Papal Nuncio to Bulgaria from 1925 to 1935. The plan for a statue … [Read more...]

The Amazing Story Of Dobri Dobrev – Video

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Source: Humans are Free 98 year old Dobri Dobrev, a man who lost most of his hearing in the second world war, has traveled 25 kilometers every day for decades from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia - a trip he made by foot until recently - where he spends the day begging for money. Though a well recognized fixture around several of the city’s churches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Suicides: Can Prayer Save The Country’s Economic Woes?

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Source: International Business Times By Palash R. Ghosh The president of Bulgaria has called on the nation to pray for peace, health and prosperity following a wave of suicides in the country believed to have been prompted by deepening poverty and resentment over state corruption. The Sofia News Agency reported that all churches of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church will conduct such prayers starting this Friday through Sunday. On Thursday, President Rosen Plevneliev met with leaders of … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch to lead ‘prayer for reconciliation’ amid political and social crisis

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Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit is to lead a “prayer for the reconciliation of the Bulgarian people” on March 10 in response to the current turbulent social, political and economic situation facing the country, the Holy Synod said. Neofit was elected Patriarch on February 24, taking office amid a series of nationwide protests and political upheaval as Bulgaria heads for early national parliamentary elections on May 12. Of Bulgaria’s population of 7.3 … [Read more...]

Sofia Bishopric Claims Patriarch’s Election Is Sabotaged

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Source: Sofia News Agency The Sofia Bishopric has labeled the Friday refusal of the Diocesan Council of prelates and vicars to sign the list of representatives from the Sofia Diocese to elect a new patriarch a "sabotage." The list was prepared by interim Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan Kiril. The Bishopric admits that there have been disagreements in the process of preparing the list, but their escalation, they say, was a clear sign that the story aims at sabotaging the … [Read more...]

O, Lord, Have Mercy on Us! – Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church

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Source: Sofia News Agency by Milena Hristova Plagued by wrangling and greed, greatly discredited – this is what Bulgaria's Orthodox church has come to be in recent years, leaving Christian believers nothing but disturbed. The disagreements between the clergy and the two churches in the country have been smouldering for years, but exploded beyond belief after the death of Patriarch Maxim. The battle among the different lobbies inside the official church, legitimized by the old … [Read more...]

In Memoriam – Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [and various sources] SOFIA, BULGARIA His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, fell asleep in the Lord as a result of heart failure on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012. He had been hospitalized for the past month. According to an announcement issued by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the 13-member Holy Synod will meet to make funeral arrangements and choose a locum tenens until the convocation of a Church Council within the next … [Read more...]