Holy Synod Instructs Bulgarians How to Fill Census Card
Bulgarias 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 peoples homes.
According to data of the National Statistics
Institute (NSI), 2 million Bulgarians have taken
part in the online Census so far.