Head of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maksim Celebrates 94th Birthday

Society | October 29, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00
Bulgaria Head of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maksim Celebrates 94th Birthday: Head of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maksim Celebrates 94th Birthday Partiarch Maksim, who has been the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for 37 years, is celebrating his 94th birthday on Wednesday. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian Patriach Maksim is celebrating Wednesday his 94th birthday in the Troyan Monastery.

His Holiness Maksim the Partiarch of Bulgaria and the Bishop of Sofia was born on October 29, 1914, as Marin Naydenov Minkov in the village of Oreshak, close to the town of Troyan.

He graduated from the Sofia Seminary of St John of Rila and from the Orthodox Theology Department of the Sofia University.

Partiarch Maksim took Holy Orders in 1941, and became secretary general of the Holy Synod in 1955 and titular bishop of Branit in 1956.

In 1960 he became the Bishop of Lovech, and on July 4, 1971, he was anointed as Bulgarian Patriarch.

Maksim led the Bulgarian Orthodox Church during much of the period of communist dictatorship, and during the country's post-communist transition when for several years the Church split into two warring Synods.

The Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church automatically receives the title of Bishop of Sofia.

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
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
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