|Birth Day||October 29, 1914|
|Age||98 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Nov 6, 2012 (age 98)|
Leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church who led his country's Christian community from the communist era into democracy.
He grew up under the communist regime that banned or co-opted religious organizations.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, he faced a revolt in his own church by those who thought he was a government figurehead.
He was born in a mountain village in north-central Bulgaria.
He hosted Pope John Paul II in 2002, re-establishing ties with the Catholic Church.