Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Franciscan missions in Bulgaria
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The presence of Catholic groups among the generally Greek Orthodox Bulgarian population is mainly due to the work of Franciscan missionaries in the 17th century. The founders of the Bulgarian mission were Bosnian friars who had gained vital experience of evangelistic work in the Balkans. Their history began at the end of the 13th century, when the Franciscans launched a mi…

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Vasileva, Elmira, “Franciscan missions in Bulgaria”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <>

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