By Jessica RinaldiThe Bulgarian Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the largest church in the country, with a congregation of over 2.5 million.
It is headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, and its leaders, many of them ex-communicated by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for their beliefs, have held various positions in the Bulgarian government.
Its leaders have long promoted the belief that God has a plan for world affairs.
Its teachings have included that homosexuality is an abomination, and that women should remain single.
In 2008, the Bulgarian parliament passed a law that made it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the workplace.
It also banned public employees from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
In 2010, a government court ruled that Jehovah’s Witness Church members should not be forced to pay taxes in Bulgaria.
In 2013, the Church of Bulgaria became the first country to pass a law making polygamy illegal.
The Bulgarian government recently said it will take over the management of the Church and other religious institutions.
In February, it announced it would allow religious ceremonies to take place in the national capital.
But that has left many in Bulgaria skeptical about the ability of the Bulgarian Government to keep faith with the teachings of its leaders.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Bulgaria is home to the second-highest number of people escaping from Syria and Iraq, and the fifth-highest rate of people in need of humanitarian assistance.
The number of refugees and asylum seekers in Bulgaria has surged since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011.
In 2015, the government said it would relocate the refugees and refugees in need to camps in neighboring Turkey.
A new study released by the United States Agency for International Development said Bulgaria has been one of the countries most successful in accommodating refugees.
The study said Bulgarian authorities have provided “a safe haven to more than 100,000 people seeking safety in the neighboring states.”
The study found that nearly 60 percent of the refugees from Syria were women, with an average age of 27.
Most were displaced from their homes because of war, and only 15 percent had a work permit.
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