18177Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected
- Jul 9, 2013http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=151869
Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected
Crime | July 9, 2013
The dead body of *Varna metropolitan *bishop* Kiril*, a former interim
Patriarch and one of the most powerful members of the country's senior
clergy, was discovered near Varna on Tuesday.
The body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Trakata.
Prosecutors suspect foul play, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.
*Bishop* Kiril was born as Bogomil Petrov Kovachev on June 8, 1954. He
has been metropolitan *bishop* of Varna and Veliki Preslav since 1989.
In November 2012, Kiril was chosen as interim Patriarch of the Bulgarian
Orthodox *Church* following the death of 98-year-old former Patriarch
Maxim. Kiril remained interim Patriarch until February 2013, where new
Patriarch Neofit was elected.
During 2011 and early 2012, *bishop* Kiril raised controversy after
being spotted riding a top modern Lincoln MKZ Hybrid car.
This incident has renewed debate about the sources of wealth among
senior Bulgarian clergy.
In 2012, the wealthy *bishop* was exposed as a former agent of State
Security <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=146800> (DS) the
Bulgarian secret service during the Communist dictatorship (1944-1989).
Kiril worked as a secret agent under the aliases "Kovachev" and "Vladislav."
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