Bulgarien: Synod issues directives for clerical interaction with politics

Meeting in Sofia on September 9, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church considered the issue of clerical participation in political events in connection with the upcoming mayoral and municipal elections. According to the statement published on the Bulgarian Patriarchate’s official website, the Synod gave three short directives:

  1. According to canons 6 and 81 of the Holy Apostle, canon...

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Bulgarien: Church adds Georgia to pilgrimage destination list

The Bulgarian church will add Georgia to a list of pilgrimage destinations, including countries the local church advises its parish to visit, the Georgian parliament reports. The step will encourage religious tourism in Georgia and increase interest in Georgian holy sites, the parliament’s press office stated after the meeting of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze with Bulgarian...

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Bulgarien: Sofia city council approves $114,000 to renovate 3 churches

Three Orthodox churches in the capital city of Bulgaria will undergo necessary renovations thanks to an allocation from the municipality of Sofia. The decision to allocate $114,000 (200,000 leva) was made during a meeting of the city council’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday, reports Dobrotoliubie. The largest amount, $44,500 (78,000 leva), will be allocated for the St. George...

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Bulgarien: First Orthodox school opens for elementary students

A joyful event marked the first day of school in Lovech, Bulgaria, as the Orthodox Church opened its first school in the country. The moleben for the beginning of the school year with the blessing of water at Seven Saints Elementary School was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech, reports predanie.bg. The school is so named because the Church has placed it under the spiritual...

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Bulgarien: Russian and Bulgarian specialists restore frescoes in cathedral

The Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Sofia was built in honor of the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878 that liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke and was thus named in honor of the great Russian prince and warrior. Now, the monument to brotherhood and common faith will again see Bulgarian-Russian cooperation. Specialists in the...

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Bulgarien: Schwieriges ökumenisches Pflaster für Papst Franziskus

Papst Franziskus hat die Katholiken Südosteuropas aufgerufen, „mutig und kreativ“ zu sein und dem Vorbild der Slawenapostel Kirill und Method zu folgen. Auf seiner zweitätigen Reise nach Bulgarien am 5. und 6. Mai sprach der Papst vor allem der kleinen katholischen Minderheit Mut zu und warb für mehr Aufnahmebereitschaft gegenüber Migranten sowie einem dialogischen Miteinander der Kirchen und...

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Bulgarien: Orthodox Church is the most trusted institution in Bulgaria

In a study of „Gallup International“ done on the occasion 30 years of the onset of political changes in the country shows that the institution with the highest level of trust among Bulgarian citizens is precisely the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. After brief fluctuations, after the election of Patriarch Neophyte in 2013, church confidence remains at levels between 40 and 50% and is generally lasting...

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Bulgarien: Hl. Synod distanziert sich in der Ukraine-Frage vom Metropoliten von Vidin

Nachdem Briefe des Metropoliten von Vidin, Daniil (Nikolov), kürzlich publik geworden sind, scheint der Riss im Hl. Synod der Bulgarischen Orthodoxen Kirche (BOK) bezüglich der ukrainischen Angelegenheiten größer geworden zu sein. Diese hatte er am 23. Mai auf eigene Initiative an die Patriarchate von Alexandrien, Jerusalem und Bukarest, sowie an die orthodoxen Kirchen von Zypern, Griechenland...

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Bulgarien: Orthodox Church refuses to take part in services during Pope Francis’s visit

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body says that while a meeting between Patriarch Neofit and Pope Francis is possible during the Pope’s May 2019 visit to Bulgaria, the church will not participate in any joint services or prayers. The decision was announced by the governing body, the Holy Synod, on April 3. The Holy Synod said that it had decided to write to Anselmo Guido Pecorari, the...

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