Marchers back religion classes
Thousands of clerics and faithful marched through Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, in support of a push by the country’s Christian Orthodox Church to introduce mandatory religion classes in schools.
Organizers said 10,000 people took part in the peaceful protest. Some shouted: “Sixty-six years of atheism are enough!” — a reference to the country’s communist past.
Religion is currently taught as an optional course. The church’s proposal envisions the mandatory study of Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism or Islam.
The government says it will hold a public debate on the issue. About 80% of Bulgarians are Orthodox Christians, though regular churchgoers are a minority.