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Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dead at 98: Anglican Ink, November 6, 2012 November 6, 2012

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Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, the metropolitan archbishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and alleged communist-era spy, has died after 40 years in office.  He was 98.

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church announced on 6 November 2012 the patriarch had died earlier that day of heart failure in a Sofia hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the past month.

The 13 senior bishops of the Holy Synod will elect an acting patriarch in the next few days, who will convene a meeting of the church’s Council within 120 days to elect a successor.

Born on 29 Oct. 1914 as Marin Naidenov Minkov, the future patriarch was educated at the Sofia Seminary and served in parish ministry for three years before returning to Sofia to teach theology in 1938.  On 4 July 1971 the synod, allegedly under the instructions of the former communist regime’s Committee for State Security — the Darzhavna sigurnost or the DS – elected him patriarch of the Bulgarian national church which counts over 80 per cent of the country’s population as members.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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