Society | March 13, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgaria’s late Patriarch Kiril and Exarch Stephan were awarded with the honorary title “ Righteous among the nations” at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. The two church officials contributed to the saving of the 50,000 Jews in Bulgaria during World War II. Five Bulgarian Orthodox church bishops, deputy foreign minister Ivan Petkov, MPs and relatives of the church leaders attended the ceremony. The relatives of the diseased Patriarch Kiril and Exarch Stephan received the medals and special certificates. The names of patriarch Kiril and exarch Stephan will be added to those on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. To date, over 18,000 men and women have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.

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