Sun, May 19 2013
Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Maxim
Photo: Georgi Kozhouharov
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.
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’.
Dossier Commission identifies 11 Metropolitans who worked for communist-era State Security; so did a Roman Catholic bishop of Sofia and Plovdiv
As controversy about the Bulgarian Orthodox Church deepens, so does debate about its future.
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.
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.