Holy Synod: God is testing us
These days God is testing us, but our Holy Church will overcome this ordeal, Bulgaria's Holy Synod says in a statement. It was included in the greetings of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the Saturday celebration of Patriarch Maxim's name day, read by the Plovdiv Bishop Nicholay. The Holy Mass and the liturgy for His Holiness name day were held in the Sofia "St. Nedelya (Sunday)" Church and lasted about three hours. Bishops Galaktion, Neofit, Yosif and Simeon did not attend the services. All four are among the 11 bishops exposed as agents of the former State Security, DS.
On Tuesday, Bulgaria's so-called Files Commission – a panel investigating the Communist era secret files, revealed that eleven out of a total of fifteen Bulgarian Metropolitan bishops were former DS agents.