A grumpy Romanian sexton deprived the Bulgarians in Rome of a Christmas mass in their church Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi.
Back in 2002,
Pope John Paul II presented the church as a gift to the Bulgarian
Orthodox Church and since then it has been the home of the Saints Cyril
and Methodius Bulgarian Orthodox parish in Rome.
The Church of Santi
Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi is also the seat of the Bulgarian Orthodox
bishop for Italy, San Marino and Malta.
"Our Sunday school has been
closed because of this wayward sexton," Father Antony, vicar of the
Bulgarian Metropolitan Bishop for Europe, Simeon, complained.
church was closed on Christmas, Archimandrite Kliment Bobchev had to
serve the Christmas mass in his apartment at the Bulgarian embassy in
Laymen told the Standart that the sexton had removed all
Bulgarian orthodox icons from the church's walls and was preparing to do
so with the expensive candlesticks.
Clergymen fear that the
liberties of the Romanian sexton may cause unnecessary tensions between
the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Holy See.