Bulgarien: Church adds Georgia to pilgrimage destination list

The Bulgarian church will add Georgia to a list of pilgrimage destinations, including countries the local church advises its parish to visit, the Georgian parliament reports. The step will encourage religious tourism in Georgia and increase interest in Georgian holy sites, the parliament’s press office stated after the meeting of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze with Bulgarian...

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Bulgarien: Sofia city council approves $114,000 to renovate 3 churches

Three Orthodox churches in the capital city of Bulgaria will undergo necessary renovations thanks to an allocation from the municipality of Sofia. The decision to allocate $114,000 (200,000 leva) was made during a meeting of the city council’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday, reports Dobrotoliubie. The largest amount, $44,500 (78,000 leva), will be allocated for the St. George...

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Bulgarien: Kirchliche Debatte um Position zur Ukraine

Der neue ukrainische Botschafter Vitalij Moskalenko hat mit Patriarch Neofit die kirchliche Situation in der Ukraine besprochen. Bei ihrem Treffen am 28. Februar informierte der Botschafter das Oberhaupt der Bulgarischen Orthodoxen Kirche (BOK) über die Lage der bulgarischen Minderheit in der Ukraine und äußerte den Wunsch seiner Regierung, künftig neue bulgarische Schulen zu eröffnen. Mit Blick...

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Bulgarien: Russian and Bulgarian specialists restore frescoes in cathedral

The Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Sofia was built in honor of the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878 that liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke and was thus named in honor of the great Russian prince and warrior. Now, the monument to brotherhood and common faith will again see Bulgarian-Russian cooperation. Specialists in the...

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Bulgarien: Schwieriges ökumenisches Pflaster für Papst Franziskus

Papst Franziskus hat die Katholiken Südosteuropas aufgerufen, „mutig und kreativ“ zu sein und dem Vorbild der Slawenapostel Kirill und Method zu folgen. Auf seiner zweitätigen Reise nach Bulgarien am 5. und 6. Mai sprach der Papst vor allem der kleinen katholischen Minderheit Mut zu und warb für mehr Aufnahmebereitschaft gegenüber Migranten sowie einem dialogischen Miteinander der Kirchen und...

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Bulgarien: Bulgarian and Russian hierarchs celebrate St. Seraphim together in Sofia

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorated the memory of St. Seraphim the Wonderworker of Boguchar in the Russian Orthodox dependency Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker on 26 February. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the visiting Russian hierarch His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon of Vladimir and Suzdal with the concelebration of the Bulgarian hierarch His Grace Bishop Polycarp of...

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Bulgarien: Hl. Synod distanziert sich in der Ukraine-Frage vom Metropoliten von Vidin

Nachdem Briefe des Metropoliten von Vidin, Daniil (Nikolov), kürzlich publik geworden sind, scheint der Riss im Hl. Synod der Bulgarischen Orthodoxen Kirche (BOK) bezüglich der ukrainischen Angelegenheiten größer geworden zu sein. Diese hatte er am 23. Mai auf eigene Initiative an die Patriarchate von Alexandrien, Jerusalem und Bukarest, sowie an die orthodoxen Kirchen von Zypern, Griechenland...

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Bulgarien: Orthodox Church refuses to take part in services during Pope Francis’s visit

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body says that while a meeting between Patriarch Neofit and Pope Francis is possible during the Pope’s May 2019 visit to Bulgaria, the church will not participate in any joint services or prayers. The decision was announced by the governing body, the Holy Synod, on April 3. The Holy Synod said that it had decided to write to Anselmo Guido Pecorari, the...

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Bulgarien: Church deletes opinion on National Strategy for the Child from website

A controversial opinion purported to be from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod urging a ban on terminations of pregnancy, for religion to be a compulsory subject in schools, no sex education, and opposing the full ban on corporal punishment in schools, has been deleted from the church’s official website, Sofia Globe reports. The opinion, posted in response to the Bulgarian...

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