A faith festival builds bridges in city full of tensions
Vlady Raichinov, CNE.news
It was a pleasant August evening. Under the cover of midnight darkness, a young couple approached the Sofia Central Synagogue and sprayed the numbers “14/88” on its wall. Right under these digits, with a much thicker pink paint, they attempted to draw a flipped swastika. Afterwards, the boy and the girl, their faces covered with Covid masks, swiftly disappeared into the night.
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Dozens of teenagers were flipping the ancient pages right before my eyes. I watched with fascination how boys and girls were busy working with the Bible. Some were as young as nine years old; others just turned twenty. The air was filled with tension as 114 youth, grouped in teams of four, participated in the tenth consecutive "Bible Knowledge Competition", an annual initiative of Scripture Union Bulgaria.
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