Sun, May 19 2013
The Holy Synod building, centre, with a bell tower of Alexander Nevsky cathedral in the foreground.
Photo: Nadezhda Chipeva
Amid an outcry over its refusal to back the release of communist-era secret service files, Fidesz comes up with a solution: another committee
Journalists delighted in reporting that the church’s approval rating has declined, but even before there were media there was scandals, Plovdiv Metropolitan Nikolai says.
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.
The dons with dossiers at Sofia University mostly were in the philosophy and Slavonic studies departments, while the head of the Faculty of Theology from 2004 to 2008 was a former State Security agent.
Among deeply religious followers of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, 42 per cent favour resignations and 26 per cent are for repentance and apologies.
Politicians like Boiko Borissov, Rossen Plevneliev and Kristalina Georgieva are as popular as ever, poll says, but public opinion about the church has plummeted.
Constitutional Court query on vital clause in law on disclosing former communist secret service collaborators
One of the reasons was the bad weather on January 31. Spies not coming in from the cold?
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.
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.