Metropolitan Neophyte was elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church after the runoff.
Metropolitan Metropolitan Neophyte was elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church after the runoff.
By the second round of the election of the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church bishops reached Neophyte and Gabriel.
Neophyte received 72 votes, Metropolitan Gabriel 43 and Galaktion 22 votes.
Patriarchal election of council attended by 138 delegates.
Absent one of three candidates for the patriarchal throne - Stara Zagora Galaktion due to illness.
Today, the election of a new Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The number of diocesan delegates from 15 dioceses is 80 to 48 clergy and 32 laymen. In the election of a new patriarch participating bishops of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, 13 archbishops and 19 bishops, one representative of the monastery - Rila, Troyan and Bachkovo that are under the direct jurisdiction of the Holy Synod, 13 monks and 11 nuns from all dioceses and one representative of Sofia and Plovdiv Seminary.
At the official ceremony at the Patriarchal Cathedral church 'St. Alexander Nevsky ", patriarchy and white insignia epanokamilavka patriarchal and patriarchal green robe embroidered in gold with the initials of the Bulgarian Patriarchate and Patriarch staff were assigned to the newly elected Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte.