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Bulgaria's Orthodox Church elects Metropolitan Neofit as new leader

Published on 21 Dec 2019 / In Youtube Clips

1. Newly elected Bulgarian Patriarch, Metropolitan Neofit, walking into Alexander Nevski Cathedral for enthronement ceremony
2. Wide ceremony beginning
3. Mid of priest walking in holding aloft bible
4. Cutaway close-up of crucifix above the altar
5. Senior church official announcing the voting results
6. Close of Metropolitan Neofit being helped into his vestments by Orthodox priests during his enthronement ceremony
7. Metropolitan Neofit receiving his patriarchal mitre and green mantle embroidered with the initials 'BP' for Bulgarian Patriarch
8. Wide, newly elected Patriarch Neofit standing on special dais as he receives his patriarchal insignia
9. Low angle shot of decorated vaulted ceiling of Alexander Nevski Cathedral
10. Patriarch Neofit blessing the congregation
11. Mid of icons and details from the interior of Alexander Nevski Cathedral
12. Patriarch Neofit during the ceremony as church choir sings "Neofit"
13. Patriarch Neofit blessing congregation, after being awarded with all patriarchal insignia: an engolpion, a pectoral cross and a crosier
14. The Patriarch bowing before all Orthodox representatives
15. Mid of Patriarch Neofit praying
16. Reverse shot of clergyman at the ceremony
17. Wide of congregation during the ceremony
18. Patriarch Neofit addressing congregation UPSOUND: "On today's remarkable day, with the will of the Holy Ghost and the church and people's vote I was appointed to become ? Patriarch of merits."
19. Wide of congregation during enthronement ceremony
20. Official clergymen gathered for group photo outside Alexander Nevski Cathedral
21. Low angle shot of the golden-domed cathedral as clergyman pose in front
22. Mid of Patriarch Neofit, standing next to Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, left, and to the right Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha, former prime minister and former king in exile
23. Wide of crowds lining the street outside Alexander Newsky cathedral
Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse was elected as the new spiritual leader of Bulgaria's Orthodox Christians on Sunday, amid social unrest threatening to throw the Balkan country in a serious political crisis.
The 67-year-old Neofit was picked among three candidates shortlisted in a secret ballot by the 14 bishops that make up the Holy Synod of the church.
An electoral college made up of 138 members gave 90 votes to Neofit.
The enthronement ceremony for Patriarch Neofit was held at Sofia's Alexander Nevski Cathedral Church.
It was attended by church elders, state officials, representatives of other religious groups and dozens of believers.
The ceremony coincided with ongoing nationwide protests against high energy bills, poverty and corruption, and demands for radical political reforms, which forced the government to resign.
The newly elected patriarch offered a public prayer for the unity of the nation.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Rosen Plevneliev voiced hope the new patriarch will contribute to Orthodox unity and the strengthening of the faith, and will preserve the integrity of the church.
Neofit is considered a compromise candidate after a power struggle within the church over who will succeed the late Patriarch Maxim.
Maxim, highly popular among around 6 (m) million Bulgarian Orthodox Church followers, died after a long illness on November 6 aged 98.
The new patriarch is expected to continue his predecessor's effort to heal the centuries-old rift with the Roman Catholic Church.
Maxim was hailed for meeting with Pope John Paul II during the late pontiff's visit to Sofia in 2002, a trip seen as warming the frosty relationship between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican.
The grave problems in the country have left their mark on the church as well.

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