Greek church backdown on cremation could cut profits at Sofia crematorium

Every morning at the crematorium in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, there is a long queue of hearses with Greek registration plates.

This has been going on for years, given that Greeks who want their dead cremated have faced official opposition because of the Greek Orthodox Church’s doctrinal refusal to permit cremation, Bulgarian local television station bTV said on June 10.

Sofia crematorium cemetery 3

However, a softening of the position by the Greek church could see what has proved a lucrative source of funds for Sofia crematorium, lessen within a few months.

The number of Greeks whose remains have been cremated in Bulgaria runs into the thousands, the report said.

Sofia crematorium cemetery 2

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