Grave of Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit desecrated

Sofia, April 17, 2024

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The grave of the recently reposed Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was desecrated recently.

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church reported yesterday, April 16:

Unknown individuals have desecrated and vandalized the grave of the the Bulgarian Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia Neofit of blessed repose, located under the colonnade of the St. Nedelya Metropolitan Cathedral.

The cross has been removed from the grave and part of it is broken, as well as part of the marble surrounding the grave of the deceased primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Law enforcement has been notified of the incident and actions are being taken to find the perpetrators.

A follow-up report from the Bulgarian Church notes that the grave was actually desecrated twice, on both Saturday and Monday.

His Holiness Patriarch Neofit reposed in the Lord on March 13 following a lengthy illness. He was laid to rest on March 16.

The attack comes just days ahead of the 40th day memorial for Pat. Neofit.

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