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Plovdiv metropolitan bishop says he does not want to be elected Patriarch of Bulgaria

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    http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n296805 Plovdiv metropolitan bishop says he does not want to be elected Patriarch of Bulgaria 13 January 2013 | 21:31 |
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      Plovdiv metropolitan bishop says he does not want to be elected Patriarch
      of Bulgaria
      13 January 2013 | 21:31 | FOCUS News Agency
      Home / Bulgaria

      *Plovdiv.* Metropolitan bishop Nikolay of Plovdiv has announced that he
      does not want to be elected Patriarch of Bulgaria. �You should know that
      metropolitan bishop Nikolay of Plovdiv will not violate a principle,�
      metropolitan bishop Nikolay said in his address to the eparchial voters in
      relation with the election of delegates of Plovdiv Bishopric, Evelina
      Zdravkova with the Plovdiv Bishopric told *FOCUS � Plovdiv Radio*.

      According to metropolitan bishop Nikolay the election of a new Bulgarian
      Patriarch should take place after a wide public discussion in order to
      avoid the risk of subjective decisions.

      On Sunday the Bulgarian Orthodox Church held eparchial elections to select
      delegates for the Patriarch Election Church Convention on 24 February.
      Patriarch Maxim died on 6 November 2012 and on 24 February 2013 his
      successor will be elected.

      Five representatives from each bishopric in Bulgaria will join the
      convention � three clergy members and two laymen. Sofia Bishopric will have
      ten delegates � six clergy members and four laymen.

      The eparchial centers in Bulgaria select a total of 80 eparchial voters,
      who will take part in the election of a new Bulgarian Patriarch. All
      archpresbyters of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (currently 14 metropolitan
      bishops and 19 bishops), one representative of each of the Rila, Bachkovo
      and Troyan monasteries, one monk and one nun from each bishopric and one
      representative of Sofia and Plovdiv ecclesiastical seminaries each will
      also participate in the election.


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