Is the 180 Year Wait for an Official Mosque in Athens Finally Over?

Source: Greek Reporter By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi It has only taken some 180 years for Athens to finally be on the verge of getting its first official mosque as plans 10 years in the making to construct a mosque in the Athens suburb of Votanikos are being pushed through by the government. According to numbers presented by Middleeaseeye.com, there are an estimated one million Muslims living in Greece. Another fact worth noting is that Athens is the only capital of any European Union (EU) … [Read more...]

Jonathan Jackson:”A Message from an American Orthodox to Orthodox Greece”

Source: Pemptousia Hollywood actor Jonathan Jackson, recipient of five Emmy Awards, at an interview given to "Pemptousia" during his recent visit to the Monastery of Vatopaidi - Mt Athos, sends a personal message to his Orthodox brothers in Greece   … [Read more...]

Pope, Patriarch to Highlight Refugees’ Plight in Visit

Source: New York Times By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATHENS, Greece — Just as Europe starts sending would-be migrants back to Turkey, the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches are heading to a Greek island to voice solidarity with those who have streamed in fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Saturday's high-powered visit to Lesbos by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and Athens Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of … [Read more...]

GREECE: ANOTHER HIERARCH APPEALS TO THE HOLY SYNOD CONCERNING THE PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus has sent a letter to the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church concerning the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council. The main propositions of the document were published on the site Agionoros.ru. Vladyka styled the decision that every Local Church shall be represented by twenty-four hierarchs at the council “a never-before-seen innovation,” without precedent in two thousand years of Church history. He noted that at every Ecumenical … [Read more...]

GREEK HIERARCHS WARN THAT THE TIME OF PERSECUTIONS HAS COME: “WE ARE ORTHODOX GREECE – LET US NOT BE TRAITORS”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens, December 17, 2015 “Adoption of the new law is officially opening the page of state persecutions against our faith. The politicians shamelessly refer to the European consensus concerning legalization of sodomy, but they conceal the fact that the post-Christian Europe has become Sodom and Gomorrah,” Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus is speaking of what is going on in Greece. Now that the so-called Anti-Racism Law which prohibits “discrimination” against … [Read more...]

2300 PARISH CHURCHES IN GREECE ARE CURRENTLY WITHOUT PRIESTS

Source: Pravoslavie.ru [Athens, November 17, 2015] Since the Church and state in Greece are not separated and priests are government employees, the Church of Greece was affected by the reduction of the state sector policy, reports AgionOros.ru. The state has dramatically reduced the number of ordinations of new priests, and that is why many parishes are currently without pastors. According to the present legislation, a new public servant (in our case: a cleric) can be accepted for … [Read more...]

Greece condemns demolition of orthodox church in Albania

Source: Ekathimerini Greece condemns demolition of orthodox church in Albania Greece has condemned the demolition on Wednesday of an orthodox church in the village of Dhermi, on the southwest coast of Albania. “The destruction of holy sites and objects of worship took place, at least until recently, in the wider region of the Middle East and North Africa, at the hands of jihadists. Today we also saw such an act carried out in our neighboring country, Albania,” Foreign Ministry spokesman … [Read more...]

Archbishop Ieronymos: ‘Migrants Leave Their Homelands Due to Western World’s Actions’

Source: Greek Reporter by Katerina Papathanasiou “The future of migrants arriving in the country must concern not only Greece but all the European countries,” said Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos during a meeting with a delegation of German members from local Parliaments, the General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and other officials, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church’s Refugee and Migrant Center. The Head of the Greek Orthodox Church … [Read more...]

MINISTER OF EDUCATION OF GREECE: “WE ARE LAUNCHING THE PROCESS OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens, February 11, 2015 Aristidis Baltas, the new Greek minister of culture, education and religious affairs, at the meeting of Parliament has formulated the government’s program on relations between the Church and state, reports AgionOros.ru. According to the minister, “It is necessary to separate the Church from the state, but that is a long and difficult process.” A. Baltas has stressed that, “The first steps to separate the Church from the state may be taken … [Read more...]

Relic of St Demetrios of Salonika the Great Martyr Brought to Moscow from Greece

Source: Voices from Russia The website of Novospassky Monastery noted that on 5 February, a Greek Orthodox Church delegation, headed by Metropolitan Panteleimon Kalpakidis of Veria and Naousa arrived in Moscow from Greece bringing a reliquary containing the hand of St Demetrios of Salonika the Great Martyr. At the airport, the superior of the Novospassky Stavropegial Monastery and the MP First Deputy Chancellor, Bishop Savva Mikheyev of Voskresensk met the delegation. From the airport, they … [Read more...]