Bulgarian Patriarch to Meet with Putin during 1st Trip Abroad
Society | July 19, 2013
The first visit abroad of the new Bulgarian *Patriarch* *Neofit* will be
in *Moscow*, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church informs.
The *Patriarch* is to lead a delegation which will take part in the
celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the *converting* of *Russia*
to *Christianity*, the so-called "*Baptism* of *Russia*."
The delegation will be in *Moscow* between July 23 and 30. The
invitation has been extended by the *Moscow* Patriarchy.
During the visit, *Neofit* will meet with Russian *Patriarch* *Kiril*
and the Presidents of *Russia*, *Vladimir Putin*, and of the *Ukraine*,
*Viktor Yanukovych*. He will take part in the *liturgy* in the "Christ
the Savior" church in the Russian capital and in the following reception.
The Bulgarian *Patriarch* will also participate in a solemn *liturgy*
and prayer in *Kiev*.
After *Patriarch* Maxim passed away in November 2012, on February 24,
2013, Ruse Metropolitan *Neofit* was elected *Patriarch* of the
Bulgarian Orthodox Church by the Holy Synod's national church council.
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