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Holy Synod ‘Instructs’ Bulgarians How to Fill Census Card

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=125043 8/2/2011 Bulgaria’s Holy Synod appeals to all Christian Orthodox to answer two of the non-mandatory questions
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      8/2/2011

      Bulgaria’s Holy Synod appeals to all Christian
      Orthodox to answer two of the non-mandatory
      questions from the ongoing Census in order to
      declare their adherence to the Orthodox Church.

      In a statement sent to the media on Tuesday, the
      Holy Synod asks Bulgarians to answer question 12
      – Are You Religious with Yes and question 13 –
      What is Your Religion with Eastern Orthodox,
      saying even though not mandatory, these questions
      are of prime importance for the “national,
      religious and cultural identity of the Bulgarian nation.”

      This is the first direct intervention of an
      official institution in the Census. Political
      parties based on ethnic and religious principles
      and nationalists have restrained from such advice.

      Currently, Bulgaria is conducting the online
      Census. It would end at midnight on Wednesday,
      while on the next day (February 9) counters will start visiting people’s homes.

      According to data of the National Statistics
      Institute (NSI), 2 million Bulgarians have taken
      part in the online Census so far.
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