Muslim Brotherhood Slaughter Christian Woman

Raymond Ibrahim - 1/4/14 On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, rioting Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, including by opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame.  Four people died. One of the slain, a young Coptic woman, was savagely mauled and molested before being ...

Vratsa’s Kalinik Elected Interim Varna Metropolitan

11/7/13 The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected Wednesday, after a 2-hour emergency sitting, Vratsa metropolitan Kalinik as interim metropolitan of Varna and Veliki Preslav. Kalinik is to temporarily replace the late Varna metropolitan Kiril whose body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Traata near Varna on Tuesday. Kalinik will assume the post after the traditional for the Eastern Orthodox ...

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 ...

Approval of Bulgarian Orthodox Church declines by 17% in past 3 months: poll

27/2/2012 Sofia. The approval of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has declined by 17% (from 53% to 36%) in the past three months, reveals an opinion poll conducted by the National Center for Public Opinion Study between 3 and 15 February 2012 among 1,000 adult Bulgarians from all over the country, the center told FOCUS News Agency. At ...

Untainted Bulgarian Bishop: Church Will Come Out Stronger

Plovdiv metropolitan bishop Nikolay. Photo by DarikRadio.bg

29/1/2012 The Bulgarian Orthodox Chruch will come out stronger from its ordeals after the announcing of a number of senior clergy's affiliation with ex-communist secret services, said Plovdiv biship Nikolay. Metropolitan Nikolay, a young bishop, was one of the very few Bulgarian metropolitan bishops to have no affiliation with communist State Security. 11 out of 15 bishops ...

Bulgarian PM Displeased with Ex-Communist Spies in Clergy

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Photo by BGNES

23/1/2012 Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has reiterated his discontent over the large number of former Communist State Security agents among the country's high clergy. Last Tuesday, Bulgaria's so-called Files Commission – a panel investigating the Communist era secret files, exposed eleven out of a total of fifteen Bulgarian Metropolitan bishops as former secret State Security agents. "The ...

Bulgarian Church Faces Fine over Communist Era Files

Evtim Kostadinov, Chair of the so-called Files Commission, appeals to Bulgarian high-ranking clergy to act wisely and comply with the mandatory check of their Communist era files. Photo by Monitor daily

20/12/2011 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church can be fined BGN 15 000 to 20 000 if it continues to hurdle the opening of Communist State Security, DS, files of high-ranking clergy. The information was announced Tuesday by Darik radio, quoting Evtim Kostadinov, Chair of the so-called Files Commission, a special panel investigating the Communist regime secret files. He ...

Egyptian State Security Forces Demolish Church Services Building Thirteen Security lorries with a 700-man force of the State Security and 6 bulldozers

The Egyptian State Security forces attacked and demolished on 26/04/09 at 7.30 am the services building belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Masrah Matrouh, assaulting the Coptic priests and Coptic women and men. More than 1000 Copts have surrounded the remains of the demolished building, ready for martyrdom, said a church member.Officials at the ...