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President Rumen Radev: We met His Holiness Patriarch Kirill as a spiritual leader, he chose to leave as a politician

President Rumen Radev: We met His Holiness Patriarch Kirill as a spiritual leader, he chose to leave as a politician

13 March 2018 | 15:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. We met His Holiness Patriarch Kirill as a spiritual guide, he chose to leave as a politician, Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev told reporters in Plovdiv referring to his meeting with the Russian patriarch during the Bulgaria's Liberation Day celebrations, FOCUS Radio – Plovdiv reported. “I am not only President, I am also a Christian, and I do not believe that [Patriarch Kirill’s] aim was to create discord between our peoples,” the president said.
“Our gratitude to Russia is that of free people who remember and respect their history. Our gratitude is not at the expense of our dignity,” President Radev said.
“As President I will not become a hostage to emotions, but will work for the revival of Bulgarian-Russian relations, which others have been ruining for years and continue to do so,” Radev commented.
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Macedonian church not discussed during Russian Patriarch Kirill’s visit

Macedonian church not discussed during Russian Patriarch Kirill’s visit

5 March 2018 | 12:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The subject of the Macedonian Orthodox Church was not discussed during the visit of Russian Patriarch Kirill, Protoiereus Nikolay Georgiev, Spokesperson for the Holy Synod, said in an interview with the BNT television. In his words, the Bulgarian Church has not yet taken any action regarding the Macedonian Church.
He refused to comment on the statement made by Patriarch Kirill, who expressed disapproval over the government’s official rhetoric during the celebrations of Bulgaria’s Liberation Day, adding “I can only say what I saw – his excitement and joy at what he was experiencing at Shipka Pass.”
The most important thing at such meetings between patriarchs is the service they jointly conduct, the priest said, adding that there has never been a conflict between the two churches despite the conflicts between the two states.
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