The Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Sofia-Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the Reverend Rumen Ivanov Stanev, until now parish priest of the parish of Rakovski-Sekirovo, in the same circumscription, assigning him the titular see of Simidicca.
Bishop-elect Rumen Ivanov Stanev was born on 19 August 1973 in Kaloyanovo, in the province of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He attended the major seminary in Rome, and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Urban University. He was ordained a priest on 11 September 1999 in the cathedral of Plovdiv, and was appointed as parish vicar in the parish of Rakovski-General Nikolaevo, and since 2005, parish priest in that of Rakovski-Sekirovo. He is president of diocesan Caritas, and a member of the presbyteral council and the college of consultors.