Bulgarian Patriarch to Meet with Putin during 1st Trip Abroad


The first visit abroad of the new Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit will be in Moscow, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church informs.

The Patriarch is to lead a delegation which will take part in the celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the converting of Russia to Christianity, the so-called “Baptism of Russia.”

The delegation will be in Moscow between July 23 and 30. The invitation has been extended by the Moscow Patriarchy.

During the visit, Neofit will meet with Russian Patriarch Kiril and the Presidents ofRussiaVladimir Putin, and of the UkraineViktor Yanukovych. He will take part in the liturgy in the “Christ the Savior” church in the Russian capital and in the following reception.

The Bulgarian Patriarch will also participate in a solemn liturgy and prayer in Kiev.

After Patriarch Maxim passed away in November 2012, on February 24, 2013, Ruse Metropolitan Neofit was elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church by the Holy Synod’s national church council.