Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected

  9/7/13 The dead body of Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril, a former interim Patriarch and one of the most powerful members of the country’s senior clergy, was discovered near Varna on Tuesday. The body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Trakata. Prosecutors suspect foul play, according to the Bulgarian National Radio. Bishop Kiril was born as Bogomil Petrov Kovachev on ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Holds Historic Patriarch Vote

24/2/13 The new Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is going to be elected Sunday by the Holy Synod at a national church council. Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim, who led the Church since 1971, passed away on November 6, 2012, at the age of 98. The election is historic for Bulgaria as the last one happened 42 years ago, ...

Bulgarian Holy Synod: All three runners worthy of Patriarch

19/2/13 Bulgaria's embattled Holy Synod issued an official statement Monday declaring all three bishops, elected to run for becoming the next Patriarch of the country, worthy of the post. The three who were chosen after prolonged debates and stalemates over the weekend are: the Stara Zagora metropolitan Galaktion, Ruse's Neofit, and Lovech's Gavriil. Galaktion was elected Saturday with ...

Bulgaria’s Holy Synod: God Is Testing Us

23/1/20122 These days God is testing us, but our Holy Church will overcome this ordeal, Bulgaria's Holy Synod says in a statement. It was included in the greetings of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the Saturday celebration of Patriarch Maxim's name day, read by the Plovdiv Bishop Nicholay. The Holy Mass and the liturgy ...