Bulgarian Orthodox Church - nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Bulgarian Orthodox Church e nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, the occasion was the rescue of Bulgarian Jews.
This year Bulgaria celebrates 70 years of saving its Jews. The destruction of 50,000 innocent people during the most severe persecution of Jews - Holocaust was stopped by the Bulgarian community, thanks to the action of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
43 members of the 25th National Assembly in 1943, led by Dimiter Peshev, deputy chairman of the Bulgarian Parliament then 21 and intellectuals to cancel the deportation decision, and subsequently making the final decision from Boris Third (9 March 1943).
The initiator and driving force for the spiritual salvation of the Bulgarian Jews from the death camps is precisely the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Its bishops - Exarch Stefan, Plovdiv Metropolitan Kiril (The later Bulgarian Patriarch) and the entire Holy Synod of the Church played a leading role in the rescue of the Jewish community in its diocese, and for the adoption and implementation of laws by which provides discrimination Jews transmitted Focus Agency.
Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the only religious institution situated under the control of territorial Hitler openly declared their position. That its openness, together with active discussions at meetings of the Holy Synod, and sermons specific files and actions stimulate the Bulgarian public and even removing the meantime Dimitar Peshev from his post at the National Assembly formed a strong public pressure against the deportation of Jews.
The nomination was made by Lachezar Toshev, one of those who were given the right to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Lachezar Toshev is an honorary associate member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.