Bulgarian Holy Synod to Discuss Choice of Interim Patriarch

November 14, 2012, Wednesday // 08:13
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Holy Synod to Discuss Choice of Interim Patriarch
Varna and Veliki Preslav metropolitan bishop Kiril. File photo

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church will gather on Wednesday to discuss the objections against the recent appointment of Varna Bishop Kiril as interim Patriarch.

On November 10, Kiril received support from 7 of the 12 attending metropolitans in a secret vote, making him the interim head of the Church. He is now also serving as interim Sofia metropolitan bishop.

On Tueasday, Veliko Tarnovo Bishop Grigoriy withdrew his signatures from the protocol of the Saturday sitting of the Holy Synod which elected Kiril as interim Patriarch.

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay also voiced his objections to the appointment of Kiril.

Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim, who had led the Church since 1971, passed away last week at the age of 98.

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