Communiqué on the results of irenical visit of His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos of Bulgaria to the Russian Orthodox Church

June 1, 2014 Featured News

1/6/14 His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos of Bulgaria paid an irenical visit to the Russian Orthodox Church from May 23 to 30, 2014. Among those accompanying His Holiness were the Most Reverend Metropolitans Dometian of Vidin, Gabriel of Lovech, Yoan of Velicky Preslav, and Naum of Rousse. During the visit, the Primates of the Russian and […]

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May 26, 2014 News

May 2014 On May 22, 2014, Russia’s general consul in New York Mr. Igor Golubovsky and Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, gave an official reception on the occasion of the 700th birthday of St. Sergius of Radonezh. It was the first event in the chain of festive activities to […]

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May 23, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 In the afternoon of Tuesday the 7th/20th of May 2014, His Excellency the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr Plamen Oresharski, while in an official visit to the state of Israel, visited the Patriarchate in the company of Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Mr Kristian Vigenin, Health Minister Mrs Tanya Andreeva, Agriculture Minister, Mr Dimitar Grekov, his wife, […]

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Bulgaria, Macedonia with Joint Slavic Script Celebrations

May 1, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Bulgaria and Macedonia will hold for the first time a joint event to mark the annual celebrations of the Slavic Script and Culture. On May 11, Archbishop Stefan, head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and the chair of Macedonia’s Academy of Science Vlado Kambovski are due to arrive in Sofia, CROSS agency has […]

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First Enthronement Anniversary of Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria

February 26, 2014 Featured News

OCP News Service – 26/2/14 Read Letter of Congratulations from Metropolitan Hilaron of Moscow: Sofia: The Bulgrians celebrated the first Enthronement Anniversary of Patriarch Neophyte on 24th February 2014. He was elected as the Patyriarch st the church council convened on 24 February 2013. Born Simeon Dimitrov, the 67-year-old bishop enjoyed a close relationship with […]

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Bulgaria to finance repairs of Athonite Zografou Monastery

February 12, 2014 News

February 2014 The Commission for religions of the National assembly of Bulgaria has unanimously voted for financing of repair in the Bulgarian “Zografou” Monastery on Holy Mount Athos, reports Dveri Pravoslaviya. At the present time the monastery needs 1 million leva for completion of the large-scale repairs. Target sources, equal to 700 thousand leva have […]

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Orthodox Church celebrates St. Spyridon, the saint of shoemakers and the expeller of plague

December 12, 2013 Featured News

12/12/13 Sofia. On December 12, the Orthodox Church celebrates St Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, one of the great saints and miracle workers of the IVth century. St. Spyridon was born on the island of Cyprus during the reign of Constantine the Great. He became a bishop in the city of Trimythous. According to the legend, […]

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Bulgaria 2013 Bachkovo Monastery 10 Leva Silver Coin

November 22, 2013 Featured News

On November 18, 2013, the Bulgarian National Bank issued the latest coin from the Bulgarian Church and Monasteries series featuring the Bachkovo Monastery. Founded in 1083 by Prince Gregory Pakourianos, it is one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. The obverse design of the coin features a replica of the miraculous […]

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Today marks the day of St. Mina – the protector of women, warriors and the homeless

November 11, 2013 Featured News

11/11/13 Sofia. On November 11, the Orthodox Church commemorates St. Martyr Mina – a warrior, who is the protector of the family, the orphans and the homeless. St. Mina is also guardian of travelers on a long journey, warriors and healers. St. Mina is one of the main saints of Orthodox women, who today pray […]

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Bulgaria Orthodox Church marks Archangel All Souls’ Day

November 3, 2013 News

3/11/13 Sofia. Bulgarian Orthodox Church marked the All Souls’ Day before the Day of St. Archangel Michael, or the so-called Archangel All Souls’ Day on Saturday, November 2. On this day the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Bulgarians honour the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers, who died in wars, peace-keeping operations and while doing their […]

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Orthodox Christians Hail St. Demetrius

October 27, 2013 Featured News

27/10/13 Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, Greece and other churches observing the Gregorian calendar are celebrating Saturday the holiday of St. Demetrius. Known as Dimitrovden in Bulgaria – meaning the Day of St. Dimitar – the feast is an important church and traditional holiday. St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, a Christian martyr who lived in the 4th […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch: We Are Not Betraying Orthodoxy – We Are Not Ecumenists

September 21, 2013 Featured News

Loudaros Andreas 21/9/2013 Dogma.gr The Patriarch gives a response to those who criticize the Patriarchate for participating in ecumenical dialogue.   A powerful message was sent to multiple recipients within all the Churches today by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding the issue of ecumenical dialogue. Addressing Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria, who is making a peaceful visit […]

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Bulgarian Christians Celebrate Nativity of Mary

September 8, 2013 Featured News
The icon of Virgin Mary at Bulgaria

8/9/13 Sunday, September 8, Bulgarian Orthodox Christians celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Theotokos, or Holy Mother of Christ. One of the most renowned Bulgarian monasteries, the Nativity of Mary Rozhen Monastery celebrates its temple holiday. Festivities started with a holy mass and church procession fronted by the miracle working icon of Virgin […]

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Public prayer for spiritual unification is to be held in Bulgaria’s St. Alexander Nevski cathedral

August 6, 2013 News

6/8/13 Sofia. A public prayer for spiritual unification and moral transfiguration of the Bulgarian people is to be held in Saint Alexander Nevski cathedral on the occasion of today’s Transfiguration of Jesus, announced the press center of the Holy Synod. The public prayer is to commence at 6:30 p.m. local tome and it comes after […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Worried by Political Turmoil

August 6, 2013 News

August 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit has described the current situation in Bulgaria as worrying, assuring he prays for God’s mercy. “The situation in Bulgaria is disturbing”, Neofit told reporters, commenting the 50 days of ongoing anti-government protests in Bulgaria. The exact measures needed for overcoming the current obstacles and for managing the situation in […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Honor St Marina

July 20, 2013 News

20/7/13 The Orthodox world, including the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, mark Wednesday the Day of Saint Marina. According to the Golden Legend, she was a native of Antioch, daughter of a pagan priest named Aedesius. Marina was scorned by her father for her Christian faith, and lived in the country with a foster-mother keeping sheep. Olybrius, the praeses […]

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No evidence of physical violence on bishop of Bulgaria’s Varn

July 10, 2013 Featured News

FOCUS News Agency – 10/7/13 Varna. So far there is no information about the death of Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril that could lead to a conclusion of murder, the District Prosecutor’s Office – Varna announced. The signal about the incident was sent at 8 a.m. to the 112 emergency phone line. It was about a […]

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Cleric fights to save rural Romania from fracking

June 8, 2013 Featured News
Vasile Laiu, the Christian Orthodox archpriest of Barlad, takes part in a protest against shale gas exploition next to a pancarte reading in Romanian

8/6/13 Barlad, Romania - As Orthodox priest Vasile Laiu gazes over the picturesque hills of eastern Romania, he prays they will be spared the shale gas wells and drilling rigs dotting some US landscapes. For months the 50-year-old cleric has been one of the most outspoken opponents to plans by US energy giant Chevron to drill […]

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The New Wonders of Bulgaria

June 1, 2013 Featured News

1/6/13 Team of Standart and our readers will vote for the greatest archeological discoveries of the new millennium (Sofia, June 1) – On July 28th, 2010, Bulgarian archeologist Prof. Kazimir Popkonstantinov and his team unearthed the relics of St. John the Baptist near the southern coastal town of Sozopol. At first, nobody believed that these […]

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Lonely Planet’s Guide to Romania and Bulgaria

May 26, 2013 Featured News

26/5/13 THOUGH distinct countries with different cultures, Romania and Bulgaria share a magnificent landscape of mountains and monasteries, a riveting history of domination and rebirth, and a long stretch of Black Sea coast. Top experiences 1. Hiking in the Carpathians Dense primeval forests that leap straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm story, with bears, wolves, lynx and […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church Honors Sts Cyril and Methodius

May 12, 2013 Featured News

12/5/13 Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church celebrates Saturday, May 11, the feast day of Sts.Cyril and Methodius, two of the fathers of the Slavic literary culture. The two brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century, in 827 and 826 respectively. They became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs and influenced the cultural development of all Slavic people. Cyril and Methodius are known as the […]

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