The annals of history next find the "True Church", still preaching the Paulician message in Southeastern Europe.
Now called "Bogomils" in Bulgaria and the Balkan nations where they sought refuge, this "little flock" that was so despised for their zealous teaching in Armenia to the east, was soon equally as despised here.
Concerning the link between the Paulicians and the Bogomils the Encyclopedia Brittanica states:
Some aspects of their beliefs and creed were:
They were the direct successors of the Apostles.
They did not believe in the baptism of infants.
They did not believe in the "transubstantiation" of the bread and wine - a doctrine that asserts the literal transformation (during communion) of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.
Church buildings were not necessary for worship. Believers convocated on the seventh day either outdoors or in private homes.
They did not venerate Mary or other Saints.
They chose not to have contact with mainstream Christians.
Historian V. Raymond Edmund writes in his book, "The Light in Dark Ages":
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