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Hindus urge new Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch to promote interfaith dialogue

By HubVilla - Saturday, April 6, 2013 No Comments
Congratulating the recently elected for life Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Metropolitan Neofit, Hindus hope that he would promote interfaith dialogue in the world.


Metropolitan Neofit (born Simeon Dimitrov), 67, of Ruse succeeded Patriarch Maxim who died on November six aged 98. Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the dominant church in Bulgaria, reportedly has around nine million adherents.


Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged new Patriarch Neofit to pioneer interfaith dialogue working together with various world religions and denominations on issues facing the humanity, as serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. This dialogue might also help us vanquish the prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations, Zed added.


Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out, "Religion is a complex component of human life. Dialogue helps us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines". Religions should at least work together on common religious concerns like peace-making and peace-keeping, social and economic development, freedom and human rights, Zed stressed.


Rajan Zed also urged Patriarch Neofit to make efforts to end maltreatment and achieve equality for Roma (Gypsies), which was currently drastically lacking.


Bulgaria is known for its long sandy Black Sea Coast, multicolored monasteries, footballer Hristo Stoichkov, poet Peyo Yavorov, etc. Rosen A. Plevneliev and Marin Raykov are President and Prime Minister respectively of Bulgaria, which boasts of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.


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