Bulgarian Orthodox Church http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35358/all en Bulgaria's Orthodox Church elects new patriarch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/bulgarias-orthodox-church-elects-new-patriarch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's Orthodox Church on Sunday elected metropolitan Neophyte of the northern city of Ruse as its new leader after Patriarch Maxim died last November aged 98 after leading the church for over 40 years.</p> <p>The bells of the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in downtown Sofia announced the election of a new patriarch by the 138 delegates at the church council Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>Shortly after that, council speaker metropolitan Yosif announced that "Ruse metropolitan Neophyte was elected by the clergy and the people as Holy Bulgarian Patriarch and Sofia metropolitan."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/bulgarias-orthodox-church-elects-new-patriarch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bulgarian Orthodox Church Christian theology Christianity Neophyte Politics Religion AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:31:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764984 at http://www.globalpost.com