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Pope mourns Bulgarian Orthodox patriarch

November 07, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence to the synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church upon the death of Patriarch Maxim of Sofia.

The Pope said that the deceased Orthodox leader had “dutifully served the Lord and his people.” Pope Benedict noted the friendly relations Patriarch Maxim had established with the Catholic Church, especially when he hosted a 2002 visit to Bulgaria by Pope John Paul II, and voiced his hope that “this good rapport may continue to promote the proclamation of the Gospel.”


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