Tue, May 21 2013
Bulgarian Orthodox Church leaders at the July 2011 celebration of the anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Maxim
Position of church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, on the church leaders who spied for the communist state is still awaited.
One of the reasons was the bad weather on January 31. Spies not coming in from the cold?
Metropolitan Nikolai holds a special service, attended by VIPs and more than 100 worshippers, in a counterstrike against intellectuals who criticised controversial changes to the interior of a historic church.
Metropolitans identified as State Security agents ask Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Maxim for forgiveness.
Announcement that priests want resignation of Metropolitan Nataniel because he was a State Security agent contradicted by other clerics.
He was speaking on January 19, two days after the Dossier Commission announced that 11 out of Bulgaria’s 15 metropolitans had been agents or collaborators with State Security.
One of the metropolitans identified as having worked for State Security speaks of his ‘clear conscience’.
As controversy about the Bulgarian Orthodox Church deepens, so does debate about its future.
Initial statement by the church caused backlash; now the Metropolitan of Lovech says that the church does not oppose in vitro and there was an error in the December 2011 statement on the subject.
Group says there is an ominous trend to revile all that is ‘old Bulgarian, anything reminiscent of the great traditions of our national identity and culture’.
Couples with fertility problems should pass their love on to children deprived of parental care instead of resorting to assisted reproduction, church’s Holy Synod says.
Rows over allegedly unpaid taxes and about co-operation with the Dossier Commission run in parallel amid claims of an ‘immoral’ campaign linked to power struggles in the church.
Controversy over scrutiny of clergy by the Dossier Commission.
Some senior clergy have serious misgivings about an agreement by the Holy Synod for an investigation whether any high-ranking members of the church had ties to communist-era secret services.
The strange saga of Bulgarian church chief’s ‘luxury limousine’.
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.