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Bulgarien: Bulgarian Diocese organizes petition against cremation

24. Februar 2022

Another diocese of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is taking a stand against the un-Orthodox practice of cremation.

A message on the official website of the Metropolis of Plovdiv states succinctly: “The Holy Metropolis of Plovdiv is organizing in Plovdiv churches a petition against exploitative crematoriums and the burning of people on the territory of the city of Plovdiv.”

According to, one crematorium has been operating in Plovdiv for several years, with a capacity of 1,500-3,000 cremations a year.

About five years ago, the local faithful, with the support of the Church, were able to block the construction of another crematorium. His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Plovdiv attended a public demonstration, condemning the construction of a new crematorium as blasphemous and soul-destroying.

In June 2018, another Bulgarian hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Ioann of Varna spoke out against the construction of a crematorium in his city.

Hierarchs of the Greek Church have characterized the building of a crematorium in Patras as “war against the Church.” The Church of Cyprus announced in April 2016, that it will not celebrate funerals for those who have been cremated. (Quelle:, 14. Februar 2022)