The Cathedral of St Joseph is located at 300 meters away from the center of Sofiacity. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and actually a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Sofia and Plovdiv, together with the Cathedral of St Louis in Plovdiv.
The cathedral was destroyed by the Allied bombing raids during World War II. And it was rebuilt on it’s previous location between 2002 and 2006. The foundation stone of the new cathedral was laid personally by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Bulgaria in 2002. Four years later the cathedral was inaugurated on May 21st 2006 in the presence of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sofia has 350 seats and is capable of sheltering about 1,000 people. It is 23 m long, 15 m wide and 19 m high, with the belfry reaching 33 m and having four electronic bells.
There is a small statue of Pope John XIII right at the entrance of the cathedral.
Catholic Concathedral St. Joseph Mass Schedule for Weekdays:
- 8:00 am Monday – Saturday
- 5:30 pm (winter time) Monday – Saturday
- 6:00 pm (summer time) Monday – Saturday
- Saturday: Neocatechumenal Mass: 7:30 pm; Open for every Christian
The evening Masses on Saturday are Sunday Masses (with the Sunday Mass ritual).
Mass Schedule for Sunday and Holy Days:
- 9:00 am (Polish)
- 10:30 am (Bulgarian)
- At Oborishte Street 5 – 11:00 am (English)
- Noon (12:00 am) (Latin)
- 6:00 pm (Bulgarian)
The Mass during Holy Days and in other occasions may vary in which case the mass details are announced before on mass and in the parish bulletin.