The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s head in Plovdiv, Metropolitan Nikolai, has ordered bells in the diocese to peal in honour of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and the Cabinet after the government agreed to finance the purchase of a home that was the birthplace of late Exarch Stefan.
The Plovdiv diocese bought the house, in the village of Shiroka Luka in the Smolyan municipality, at auction after it was put on sale by a private bailiff.
A statement on the official website of the Plovdiv Metropolitanate said that the purchase had been made so that a place important to the history of the church and Bulgaria would be used in accordance with its spiritual value.
“And with God’s help, we managed to keep this property for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church,” the statement said.
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