Znepol, Melnik Bishops Voted Finalists in Varna Metropolitan Race

Society | December 15, 2013, Sunday // 14:26
Znepol, Melnik Bishops Voted Finalists in Varna Metropolitan Race: Znepol, Melnik Bishops Voted Finalists in Varna Metropolitan Race The Dormition of Mary metropolitan cathedral in Varna. File photo.

Bulgarian Znepol Bishop Yoan (John) and Melnik Bishop Seraphim were selected Sunday as the two finalists in the election of a new Varna and Veliki Preslav metropolitan

Yoan received 22 votes and he leads the race. Bishop Seraphim received 19 votes.

This was the Diocesan Council second attempt to elect two candidates for Varna and Veliki Preslav metropolitan as the first vote was annulled by the Bulgarian Holy Synod.

The decision came after representatives of both clergy and laity said they have grounds to believe that the election was rigged.

The first round vote, which took place on November 17, elected Bachkovo Monastery abbot Boris and little-known bishop Ignatius as contestants for the second round.

If no violations are established, the Holy Synod will make the choice between the two frontrunners on Sunday, December 22.

The Varna and Veliki Preslav metropolitan bishop seat became vacated - or "widowed" in Bulgarian Orthodox Christian parlance - after the July mystery drowning death of controversial former bishop Kiril.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Znepol, Melnik, Bishops, Yoan, Seraphim, Bachkovo Monastery, Varna, Veliki Preslav, Bishop Kiril, Holy Synod, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Boris, Ignatius

Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria