By Sister Leticia Saraza OSB
Bulgaria is one of the Balkan states in southeast Europe. It has had a turbulent history because of the constant power struggles in the region for more than 1,000 years. These prevailed not only in the political sphere but also in the ecclesiastical domain.
As a result of the great Eastern Schism between Constantinople and Rome in the 11th century, the Church in Bulgaria today is predominantly Orthodox with loyalty to the Patriarch of Bulgaria rather than to the Pope in Rome. Roman Catholics comprise less than one percent of the population.