Bulgarian Archaeologists Claim Oldest Monastery in Europe

The ancient shrine at the St. Athanasius monastery in Bulgaria's Stara Zagora region. Photo by BGNES

19/3/2012 Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europea near the village of Zlatna Livada in southern Bulgaria. According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasius monastery, still functioning near the village, has been founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself, reports the BGNES agency. Until now, the Candida Casa monastery, founded ...

Bulgarian Muslims Rebuild Christian Neighbors’ Church

1/9/2011 A unique picture of inter-religious tolerance can be viewed in a Northeastern Bulgarian village called Kamburovo, with local Muslims working to rebuild a church. Muslims are not only volunteering to rebuild the church in Kamburovo, Municipality of Omurtag, but some of the funds for the reconstruction of the Christian temple were actually provided by the mosque ...

Sofia Gay Parade under Fire from Orthodox Church

22/6/2010 The Holy Synod of Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church officially condemned Monday the upcoming Gay Pride Parade in Sofia. In an official statement, the Church say the May 26th march is a “public, shameless and disgraceful demonstration of the sin of Sodom and a violation of the rights of the Synod,” pointing out the event would have fatal ...