Bulgarian religious leaders have a lot of work to do before they can claim victory over the opposition.
But they are not worried.
In an interview with the news outlet Sofia Online, Bulgarian President Gabor Vona and other leaders from various religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, said that they were not interested in forming a political alliance.
Vona told Sofia that they would prefer a dialogue with all religions.
He said that the two sides must work together.
“It is very important to get the dialogue and understanding with all the religions,” Vona said.
The leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Constantinople, also spoke about the importance of religious dialogue.
“We have many things to say, but it is not enough to say that we are all in the same boat,” Patriarch Andrei Vatchiy, who has been at the helm of the church for nearly 40 years, told Sofias online.
“The Christian religion is not the only religion.
The Muslim religion is as well.
We all have different beliefs,” Vatchij said.
Vatchiy told Sofiacos online that he and his fellow religious leaders would try to reach an agreement on issues of mutual interest.
“The main goal is to work together to find common ground on issues that matter most to us,” he said.
According to Vatchiys view, the church is not a religion but a community, a family of beliefs and a family in which everyone has a share.
As for the opposition, Vatchy said that there is no real opposition to the Orthodox Church.
“I am convinced that the Bulgarian people are for Orthodoxy.
We are not against Christianity or Islam,” he told Sofiamos.
“In fact, we support all religions.”
Vatchiy said the church, as a community is also one of the pillars of society.
“Our churches are not just for churchgoers.
They are for the entire Bulgarian community.
And, we are proud of that,” he added.