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1699316 000 Bulgarians to Enjoy Own Church in Italy's Bari

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Oct 3, 2012
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      16 000 Bulgarians to Enjoy Own Church in Italy's Bari
      September 28, 2012

      The Bulgarian community in the southern Italian city of Bari, which
      consists of 16 000 people, will have a Bulgarian Orthodox temple of its
      own, the Bulgarian Culture Ministry announced.

      The news emerged Friday after Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov
      met with Bari Mayor Michele Emiliano.

      Rome-based Bulgarian priest archimandrite Kliment Bobchev, the Culture
      Ministry said.

      Bari Mayor Emiliano has promised Rashidov that the Bulgarian community
      in the city will receive a municipal plot to erect a temple of its own.

      "The Bulgarian community in Bari believes in its identity and enriches
      us with its culture. That's why we will be glad to provided them with
      both a temple, and a plot for a new church," the mayor stated.

      Thus, in his words, until they manage to build their own church, the
      Bulgarians in Bari will be allowed to use one of the existing Christian
      temples in the city to hold religious services.

      Rashidov and Emiliano also agreed to hold reciprocal "Culture Days" of
      the respective city in Sofia and Bari.

      The local authorities in Bari has expressed support for Rashidov's
      initiative for the signing of two Bulgarian-Italian memorandums – for
      the prevention of illegal antique trafficking, and for cooperation in
      film making.

      Bari Mayor Emiliano has presented to Rashidov a silver replica of the
      oldest image of St. Nicholas.