His Beatitude Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria was admitted to the hospital Wednesday, according to the Church’s website.
As posted on Orthochristian.com, the statement reads:
Yesterday, April 18, due to a health problem, His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte was admitted to the Tokuda Hospital of Cardiology in Sofia. According to information from the doctors on duty this morning, his condition is stable and he feels good. However, specialized medical teams continue to monitor it closely.
We, the bishops, the clergy and the laymen of the BOC, are praying for his complete rehabilitation, and we call on everyone who wants to join us in our prayer for the First Hierarch of our Mother Church.
Doors to Orthodoxy added yesterday that His Beatitude was admitted urgently with symptoms related to a chronic illness. He was found to have fainted in his chambers at 2:30 PM, after which he was admitted to the hospital.
A year before his election to the patriarchal throne, the Metropolitan Neophyte of Ruse underwent a serious heart surgery. Since then, he has had difficulties with his state of health, but has never ceased to serve and travel in the country and abroad.
‘The patriarch is doing better, but remains in the ER,’ Doors to Orthodoxy reported Thursday morning.
“His active rehabilitation began today, and the team will then decide whether to put him on a lighter regime,” said Prof. N. Mladenov, head of the hospital’s Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit.