Stefan I of Bulgaria

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His Holiness
Stefan I
Bulgarian Exarch and Metropolitan of Sofia
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Church Bulgarian Orthodox Church (Bulgarian Exarchate)
See Sofia
Installed 21 January 1945
Term ended 6 September 1948
Predecessor Neophyte of Vidin
Successor Mihail of Dorostol
Personal details
Birth name Stoyan Popgeorgiev Shokov
Born (1878-09-19)September 19, 1878
Shiroka Laka, Ottoman Empire
Died May 12, 1957(1957-05-12) (aged 78)
Banya, Bulgaria
Buried Bachkovo Monastery
Nationality Bulgarian
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Church
Residence Sofia, Bulgaria

Stefan I was a Bulgarian prelate. He was elected Metropolitan of Sofia in 1922 and, from 1945, also served as Exarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. He actively contributed to the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews in World War II.[1][2]


  1. ^ Bar-Zohar, Michael (1998). Beyond Hitler's Grasp. The Heroic Rescue of Bulgaria's Jews. Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation. ISBN 1580620604. 
  2. ^ Popgueorguiev, Stoyan (Metropolitan Stefan) The Righteous Among The Nations, Popgueorguiev, Stoyan (Metropolitan Stefan)