Protesters attack Greek pride event, hurling eggs, plastic bottles

24/6/2012 ATHENS — Dozens of protesters on Saturday interrupted a Pride event in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, hurling eggs and plastic bottles of water at event participants. Police said about 50 attackers targeted the Pride parade, attended by approximately 400 people, according to the Greek Reporter, although organizers said attendance was closer to 2,000. In recent ...

We are no tax cheats, says Church of Greece

AFP 23/2/2012 ATHENS - The Church of Greece denied media reports accusing it of tax evasion on Wednesday, saying the total amount of taxes paid in 2011 was over 12.5 million euros (S$20.8 million). "The Church of Greece ... has never requested unequal tax treatment in relation to other Greek non-profit organisations," the top church body, the Holy ...

AT DINNER WITH THE HOMELESS IN ATHENS, GREECE

By Diana Farr Louis Huffington Post 27 / 01 / 2012 Like the other dilapidated houses on the block next to the train tracks, the Klimaka shelter for the homeless is covered with bold graffiti. They practically blot out its tomato-red façade and certainly distract attention from the name on its open door. I must have passed it ...

Greek church protests pre-trial detention of Abbot Efraim

ATHENS,(RIA Novosti) 12/1/2012 The autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece has called for the release of Abbot Efraim, the head of the Vatopedi Monastery in Mount Athos, who is currently under arrest on real estate fraud charges, the church’s Holy Synod said on Thursday. “Our church respects rulings by justice and would not like to interfere in its responsibility ...

Christmas tree missing in gloomy Athens

People wait to be served food at a soup kitchen organised by the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens last week. Picture: AP Source: AP

PHILIP PANGALOS, ATHENS From: The Times 28/12/2011 IN a sign of the increasingly gloomy times in austerity-stricken Greece there was no traditional Christmas tree in the heart of Athens this year. The decision not to have a tree in Syntagma Square, across from the neoclassical parliament building, was taken by the mayor in an attempt to save money ...

Papandreou Wants Church to Pay More

Andy Dabilis 8/10/2011 ATHENS – Stung by criticism it is exempt from a new property tax being imposed on Greek citizens and has largely escaped the austerity measures imposed on the people, the Greek Orthodox Church is reportedly considering ways to help – but apparently only because Prime Minister George Papandreou is set to put the squeeze ...

HIS BEATITUDE MEETS WITH HIS BEATITUDE THE ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS

14/7/2011 At noon on Thursday 14th July 2011, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited His Beatitude Ieronymos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece at the Holy Arhchdiocese of Athens. The two primates discussed issues regarding both Churches and His Beatitude the Patriarch once again expressed gratitude for the support ...

Greek protesters decry ‘mark of the beast’ ID Cards

The Associated Press 6/2/2011 ATHENS — More than 2,000 Orthodox Christian fundamentalists have gathered at Syntagma Square in central Athens to protest at a government plan to issue new electronic ID cards that would include biometric data. The protesters charge that the state aims at tighter control over its citizens and many believe that the design of the ...

Greek church raps bishop over Muslim, Jew Remarks

The Associated Press 12/1/2011 ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's Orthodox church has rejected disparaging comments about Muslims and Jews by a senior cleric that sparked protests from representatives of both faiths. A statement by the church governing body, the Holy Synod, condemned "any form of racial and religious discrimination." Serapheim, bishop of Piraeus, described Islam as "a catastrophic worship" that ...

Greece probes Orthodox church real estate Deal

11/8/2010 ATHENS - Agence France-Presse Judicial authorities in Greece are looking into the sale of prime Orthodox Church property near Athens that revived memories of a multi-million monastery land swap scandal two years ago, news reports said on Wednesday. The Orthodox Church of Greece last year sold 4,000 square metres (43,000 square feet) of land in the affluent ...

HIS BEATITUDE RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE PREFECTURE OF ATHENS

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, was honoured on 5th March 2009 by the Prefecture of Athens, within the framework of the functions for the “Ambassadors of Hellenism”, which took place at the Megaro Mousikis Athinon, in the presence of His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece ...