Holy Smoke! Bulgarian Church Embraces Macedonian Brethren

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Move echoes political reconciliation with a country many Bulgarians see as their little brother. Full article on Holy Smoke! Bulgarian Church Embraces Macedonian Brethren

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9.144098 13 April 2018 15:43:25 Transitions Online

Move echoes political reconciliation with a country many Bulgarians see as their little brother.

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Voice of America: Bulgarian, Macedonian Orthodox Churches Edge Closer Despite Thorny History

1.191823 02 December 2017 00:39:51 WN.com - America News

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has taken a step towards possible eventual recognition of Macedonia's Orthodox Church , a rapprochement that echoes a warming of relations between the governments of the two Balkan neighbors. However, the move is unlikely to be welcomed by other Orthodox Churches such as those of Serbia and Greece , in a region where religious identity is often closely tied up with nationalist passions and politics. ......

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Bulgarian, Macedonian Orthodox Churches Edge Closer Despite Thorny History

1.1390178 28 November 2017 04:54:14 WN.com - Europe News

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has taken a step towards possible eventual recognition of Macedonia's Orthodox Church, a rapprochement that echoes a warming of relations between the governments of the two Balkan neighbors. However, the move is unlikely to be welcomed by other Orthodox Churches such as those of Serbia and Greece, in a region where religious identity is often closely tied up with nationalist passions and politics. The Macedonian Orthodox Church was formed when...

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Bulgarian, Macedonian Orthodox Churches edge closer despite thorny history

1.1390178 27 November 2017 18:05:14 WN.com - World News

SOFIA (Reuters) - The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has taken a step towards possible eventual recognition of Macedonia's Orthodox Church, a rapprochement that echoes a warming of relations between the governments of the two Balkan neighbours. ......

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill congratulates Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on his Nameday (Moscow Patriarchate)

1.0392535 23 January 2017 21:37:13 WN.com - Asia News

(Source: Moscow Patriarchate) Share the post 'His Holiness Patriarch Kirill congratulates Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on his Nameday' His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following greeting to His...

Vice All News Time23 January 2017 21:37:13


Macedonian Journalist Boasts of 'Destroying Bulgarian Monument'

1.0325534 23 September 2016 18:15:39 Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

A Macedonian journalist has vandalized a Bulgarian memorial plaque by smashing it into pieces it with a hammer, sparking outrage among some Bulgarian politicians, media, and historians. The development seems to have occurred in the early afternoon of Thursday, September 22 - the day Buglaria celebrates its independence. The man claims the plaque was placed "illegally" on the summit, unlike the ones commemorating the participation of Greek and Serbian troops and an older one of Bulgaria approved by the Macedonian government. His words cannot be independently verified, as some Macedonian and Bulgarian media claimed earlier that the plaque had been removed prior to the arrival of a Serbian delegation that had arrived a few days earlier to pay homage to the Serbian troops who perished on the summit. Kaimakchalan, a peak serving as a border between Greece and Macedonia, is known for a historic battle between Bulgarian and Serbian troops in the First World War in which some 8500 Bulgarian and Serbian soldiers are estimated to have died. Bulgarian troops lost, but some historians in the country have described the battle as an act of unconditional bravery. A memorial plaque was put up last week by a group of soldiers on their own initiative, purportedly without Macedonia's approval. Skopje had not undertaken any official reaction about the monument before the moment of destruction. Two days before the incident, an homage to the fallen soldiers was held on Kaimakchalan, with Chief of Defense Gen Konstanin Popov and a parliamentary delegation attending. Milenko Nedelkovski, 59, has posted several pictures on Facebook showing his actions. One of them reads: "Kaimakchalan, today September 22, 2016, between 13:00 and 14:30. Mission successfully accomplished. The concrete plaque unlawfully placed by a group of Bulgarian criminals has been completely destroyed and turned into dust." Another post, dated a day later (September 23), says that "the legally and long ago placed Bulgarian monument/obelisk stays with its flowers and wreaths (in the background . There is also a Greek (on the Greek side) and a Serbian monument, legally approved and placed." In another Facebook post, he has offered the tool used to destroy the plaque "for sale" by putting on a picture of it a price tag, the price itself being in the Bulgaria, currency, the lev (BGN). Offensive comments about Bulgarians, whom he refers to as "Tatars", follow suit, opening the floodgates of angry comments and threats from Bulgarian social media users. Nedelkovski is known as a staunch supporter of VMRO-DPMNE party, which has dominated Macedonian politics since the mid-2000s, and of its leader and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He is also known for acts of hate speech on numerous issues, having triggered warnings from an OSCE mission (in March 2015) and from the Helskini Committee-run anti-hate speech platform which urged criminal proceedings against him in April of this year for his comments on other journalists, civic activitsts, or minority groups. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for issuing fake US visas to 22 Macedonian nationals. However, the ruling was later changed to a suspended sentence. Infomax, a supposedly pro-government news website, has hailed him as a "patriot" who acts "not on the keyboard". In Bulgaria, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has raised its indignation. It has submitted to Parliament a question to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, asking whether Bulgarian authorities will react to the development. The BSP has lashed out at Nedelkovski for his "rude and unworthy" actions. The Patriotic Front's presidential candidate, Krasimir Karachanov, has sent a letter to the Macedonian head of state calling on him to condemn the "insult to perished soldiers".

Vice null Time23 September 2016 18:15:39


Macedonian Journalist Boasts of Destroying Bulgarian Monument

0.9931858 23 September 2016 14:30:02 Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

A Macedonian journalist has vandalized a Bulgarian memorial plaque by smashing it into pieces it with a hammer, sparking outrage among some Bulgarian politicians, media, and historians. The development seems to have occurred in the early afternoon of Thursday, September 22 - the day Buglaria celebrates its independence. The man claims the plaque was placed "illegally" on the summit, unlike the ones commemorating the participation of Greek and Serbian troops and an older one of Bulgaria approved by the Macedonian government. Kaimakchalan, a peak serving as a border between Greece and Macedonia, is known for a historic battle between Bulgarian and Serbian troops in the First World War. Bulgarian troops lost, but some historians in the country have described the battle as an act of unconditional bravery. Milenko Nedelkovski, 59, posted several pictures on Facebook showing his actions. One of them reads: "Kaimakchalan, today September 22, 2016, between 13:00 and 14:30. Mission successfully accomplished. The concrete plaque unlawfully placed by a group of Bulgarian criminals has been completely destroyed and turned into dust." Another post, dated a day later (September 23), says that "the legally and long ago placed Bulgarian monument/obelisk stays with its flowers and wreaths (in the background . There is also a Greek (on the Greek side) and a Serbian monument, legally approved and placed." In another Facebook post, he has offered the tool used to destroy the plaque "for sale" by putting on a picture of it a price tag, the price itself being in the Bulgaria, currency, the lev (BGN). Offensive comments about Bulgarians, whom he refers to as "Tatars", follow suit, opening the floodgates of angry comments and threats from Bulgarian social media users. Nedelkovski is known as a staunch supporter of VMRO-DPMNE party, which has dominated Macedonian politics since the mid-2000s, and of its leader and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He is also known for acts of hate speech on numerous issues, having triggered warnings from an OSCE mission (in March 2015) and from the Helskini Committee-run anti-hate speech platform which urged criminal proceedings against him in April of this year for his comments on other journalists, civic activitsts, or minority groups. Infomax, a supposedly pro-government news website, has hailed him for his actions a "patriot" who acts "not on the keyboard". Several Serbian media outlets have also reported the issue. In Bulgaria, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has raised its indignation. It has submitted to Parliament a question to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, asking whether Bulgarian authorities will react to the development. The BSP has lashed out at Nedelkovski for his "rude and unworthy" actions.

Vice null Time23 September 2016 14:30:02


Bulgarian Govt, Holy Synod Discuss EU Funding Options for Renovation of Churches

0.9931858 23 February 2016 18:12:42 Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

Cabinet ministers have discussed options for financing the renovation of Bulgarian churches with Holy Synod officials, the government press office announced on Tuesday. Deputy PM for EU funds and economic policy Tomislav Donchev, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova and Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva held a working meeting with representatives of the governing body of Bulgarian Orthodox Church to discuss possibilities for financing the renovation of temples under the EU’s Operational Programme Regions in Growth and the Programme for Rural Development for the period 2014-2020, the government said in a statement. Churches defined as monuments of culture of national importance could apply for funding under the Regional Tourism axis the Operational Programme, while churches and monasteries of regional and local importance will be eligible to apply under the Programme for Rural Development, Lilyana Pavlova explained, according to the statement. Nearly BGN 200 M (EWUR 100 M) is available for the renovation of churches that are cultural monuments under the Regional Tourism axis of the operational programme, Pavlova added. Part of the financing will be extended as grants and another part will be lent as long-term, low-interest loans. The progress in repair works in Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia was also discussed at the meeting. Discusions will continue on Wednesday.

Vice Finance Time23 February 2016 18:12:42


Bulgarian Govt, Holy Synod Discuss Funding Options for Renovation of Churches

0.91121423 23 February 2016 17:58:12 Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

Cabinet ministers have discussed options for financing the renovation of Bulgarian churches with Holy Synod officials, the government press office announced on Tuesday. Deputy PM for EU funds and economic policy Tomislav Donchev, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova and Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva held a working meeting with representatives of the governing body of Bulgarian Orthodox Church to discuss possibilities for financing the renovation of temples under the EU’s Operational Programme Regions in Growth and the Programme for Rural Development for the period 2014-2020, the government said in a statement. Churches defined as monuments of culture of national importance could apply for funding under the Regional Tourism axis of Operational Programme Regional Development, while churches and monasteries of regional and local importance will be eligible to apply under the Programme for Rural Development, Lilyana Pavlova explained, according to the statement. Nearly BGN 200 M (EWUR 100 M) is available for the renovation of churches that are cultural monuments under the Regional Tourism axis of Operational Programme Regional Development, Pavlova added. Part of the financing will be extended as grants and another part will be lent as long-term, low-interest loans. The progress in repair works in Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia was also discussed at the meeting.

Vice Finance Time23 February 2016 17:58:12


Holy smokes? Indiana Church of Cannabis holds first service

0.79454863 01 July 2015 22:00:49 WN.com - World News

A rowdy bunch of worshippers donning tie-dye T-shirts printed with images of marijuana leaves congregated Wednesday at the inaugural service of the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis, a pot-smoking church created to test the limits of Indiana&s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which went into effect the same day. Dozens of police officers were stationed outside the church, solemnly awaiting the first puff. But the scene inside...

Vice All News Time01 July 2015 22:00:49