Sofia, November 29, 2023
His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria has been hospitalized for treatment for his lungs.
The office of the Holy Synod announced today:
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
The Chancellery of the Holy Synod informs that His Holiness Neofit, Patriarch of Bulgaria and Metropolitan of Sofia was hospitalized in the Military Medical Academy in Sofia, due to a pulmonary disease.
We call upon the clergy and the God-loving faithful to earnestly pray for the quick recovery and restoration of the primate of our Mother Church, and to take only information announced by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church-Bulgarian Patriarchate as credible.
His Holiness has been in poor health in recent years. He underwent a serious heart surgery in 2011, a year before his election to the primatial throne. He spent about a month in the hospital in April-May, 2018 after he fainted in his chambers, and about a week in the hospital in June 2021. He was also hospitalized in May 2022 with a fractured left femur, and again in September 2022 “due to an exacerbation of his chronic diseases.”