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...]

Drowned bishop a symbol of Bulgaria’s blurred loyalties

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Source: Reuters  By Tsvetelia Tsolova The death last week of one of Bulgaria's most senior bishops, found floating in the Black Sea wearing a snorkel and flippers, was mysterious in its own right, but it was only the final chapter in an enigmatic life. [VARNA, Bulgaria] In the days after Bishop Cyril of Varna, 59, was found dead, a picture emerged of a man respected by many but who had also spied for the communist-era secret police, brokered land deals that raised questions and driven a … [Read more...]

Death of Metropolitan Kiril of Varna caused by hypothermia

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Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Varna Kiril, found dead on a beach near Varna on July 9, appears to have drowned after suffering from hypothermia, Bishop Tikhon of Tiveriopol said on July 10. Bishop Tikhon, the chairman of the trustees board of Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, dismissed all speculation of foul play that appeared in some local and international media, as “an absolute canard”. Bulgarian National Television (BNT) quoted Varna … [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...]

Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church Elects New Leader

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Source: ABC News By VESELIN TOSHKOV Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria February 24, 2013 (AP) - Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse was elected Sunday as the new spiritual leader of Bulgaria's Orthodox Christians amid social unrest threatening to throw the Balkan country in a serious political crisis. The 67-year-old Neofit was picked among three candidates shortlisted in a secret ballot by the 14 bishops that make up the Holy Synod of the church. An electoral college made up of 138 members … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod chooses shortlist of three candidates in Patriarchal election

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Source: The Sofia Globe by CLIVE LEVIEV-SAWYER After a day and a half of voting in more than 24 rounds, the governing body of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod, chose on February 16 2013 the three metropolitans who will be the candidates in the election for the next Patriarch – Galaktion of Stara Zagora, Neofit of Rousse and Gavril of Lovetch. This puts Gavril – the only metropolitan eligible for election who was not a communist-era State Security agent – back in the race … [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...]

Interim Patriarch Calls for Unity of Bulgarian Orthodox Church – UPDATED

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Source: Sofia News Agency The unity of the Holy Synod and of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the most important issue for Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, according to Varna Metropolitan Kiril. Kiril made the statement Sunday in the Bulgarian capital during his very first mass as Sofia Metropolitan and interim Patriarch. "When opinions differ, each must be well-grounded. I hope that all metropolitans will attend the next meeting of the Holy Synod and that those who would be absent … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim Leaves Hospital

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Source: Sofia News Agency  Bulgarian Christian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim has left the Lozenets Hospital, where he was for a second prolonged treatment during 2012. Patriarch Maxim was hospitalized in early August and left the hospital for a short stint at Dormition of Mary (August 15), with doctors requesting him to return promptly. In early September doctors at Lozenets Hospital head informed that the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is in a much better … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Bishop: Surrogacy Equals Prostitution

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay, known for his radical Orthodox rhetoric, has lashed out against surrogacy. Photo by Darik Plovdiv

Source: Sofia News Agency Surrogate motherhood is no different from prostitution, according to Bishop Nikolay, the radical Bulgarian Orthodox Bishop of Plovdiv. Speaking after a service in Plovdiv on Wednesday on the occasion of the arrival of holy relics of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of Virgin Mary, Nikolay mentioned surrogacy while commenting on a recent case in which Bulgarian heroin-addicts offered their newborn baby "on sale" in an online forum for EUR 5 000. "Two … [Read more...]