Russian Patriarch Kirill Serves Sunday Mass in Bulgaria

Politics » DIPLOMACY | April 29, 2012, Sunday // 10:56
Bulgaria: Russian Patriarch Kirill Serves Sunday Mass in Bulgaria Kirill - Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. File photo

Russian Patriarch Kirill, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria, is serving Sunday together with Bulgarian counterpart Patriarch Maxim as solemn mass at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in capital Sofia.

The Bulgarian patriarchical cathedral, named after the 13th century Russian prince-saint, is thronged by hundreds of ordinary Bulgarians and high-ranking guests.

Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, is on the last day of his 3-day visit to Bulgaria, during which his delegation met not only with Bulgaria's senior clergy, but also with Bulgaria's political leaders, President Rosen Plevneliev and PM Boyko Borisov.

At the holy mass Sunday, guests such as Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria Yuriy Isakov, ex-President Georgi Parvanov, and ex-PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg are present.

After the service at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, at 12.30 pm EET Patriarch Kirill will hold a prayer at the Russian church of St. Nicholas in Sofia.

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Tags: Patriarch Kirill, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, sofia, St. Nicholas, Patriarch Maxim, Russian, Boyko Borisov, Rosen Plenveliev, Yuriy Isakov, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Georgi Parvanov
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