Wed, May 22 2013
Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Maxim, centre
Photo: Assen Tonev
Bulgarian parishioners request recall of Sofia church abbot for allegedly sowing discord between Russians and Bulgarians; demand for autonomy of Russian church in Bulgaria; controversy ahead of visit to Bulgaria by Russian Patriarch.
Position of church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, on the church leaders who spied for the communist state is still awaited.
Among deeply religious followers of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, 42 per cent favour resignations and 26 per cent are for repentance and apologies.
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.
The State Security scandal is likely to prove damaging but not, ultimately, destructive.
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’.
Dossier Commission identifies 11 Metropolitans who worked for communist-era State Security; so did a Roman Catholic bishop of Sofia and Plovdiv
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.