Three candidates for the Bulgarian Patriarchal throne elected

Sofia, February 17, 2013

On February 15, 2013 the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was held in Sofia, where by secret voting three candidates for the Patriarchal throne were elected from among diocesan hierarchs (Metropolitans).

The names of elected candidates were announced after the ballots checking.

They are:

1. Metropolitan Galacteon of Starozagorsk (10 votes)

2. Metropolitan Neophytes of Rusensk (9 votes)

3. Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovchansk (nine votes)

The information on election of three candidates has been published on the official website of the Bulgarian Patriarchate and signed by all voters. Thirteen Metropolitans took part in the meeting of the Holy Synod and voting, except for Metropolitan Simeon of Western and central Europe who did not take part in the meeting.

The election of the new Bulgarian Patriarch from three presented candidates is to take place on February 24, 2013.

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