Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch to lead ‘prayer for reconciliation’ amid political and social crisis

Written by on March 7, 2013 in Bulgaria, News - No comments
On February 24, Metropolitan Neofit of Rousse was elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, as successor to Maxim who had died in November 2012. After a troubled path to the election that exposed bitter infighting in the Synod, Neofit moved to restore a credible position in society for the church, a task not made easier by the controversies that were to follow in 2013, including that around the death of Varna Metropolitan Kiril in July and the initial scandals around the election of a successor to Kiril.

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit is to lead a “prayer for the reconciliation of the Bulgarian people” on March 10 in response to the current turbulent social, political and economic situation facing the country, the Holy Synod said.

Neofit was elected Patriarch on February 24, taking office amid a series of nationwide protests and political upheaval as Bulgaria heads for early national parliamentary elections on May 12.

Of Bulgaria’s population of 7.3 million, according to the February 2011 census, 76 per cent declared themselves to be Orthodox Christians.

The Holy Synod said that all “Orthodox Christians and patriotic people” were invited to join the prayer service.

Proceedings are to begin with Neofit leading a liturgy at the St Nedelya church in Sofia, which will be followed by the prayer for reconciliation, the Holy Synod said.

 

 

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