Postage Stamps of Mt. Athos Presented

Christina Flora - 9/10/13 Greek postage stamps issued from 1927 until today which depict images of Mount Athos were presented at a special event organized by the Hellenic Post and the Holy Community of Mount Athos at the Old Parliament. On the occasion of the issuance of the stamp series “100th anniversary of the integration of Mount Athos ...

Patriarch Bartholomew Meets With President of Estonia

Christina Flora - 8/9/13 Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew had a meeting with the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves. His All-Holiness is paying an official visit to Estonia where he also met with the President of the Parliament Ene Ergma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, according to an announcement released ...

What’s In Elder Paisios’ Lucky Bread?

Christina Flora - 21/8/13 Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, a well-known Eastern Orthodox monk from Farasa, Cappadocia, had made a recipe for Lucky Bread and a disputed recipe is said to be going around. The recipe is supposed to bring luck to whoever uses it to make the bread but a number of variations are being spread so ...

Temporary Truce On Mt. Athos

Christina Flora-14/8/13 Monks on Mt. Athos fighting an eviction order have come to a truce with authorities for the meantime, officials said, although it was reported that the order will again attempt to be executed soon although the last time deputies went to the monastery they were assaulted by the clerics. “In the period from August 1 ...

Crete’s Archdiocese Offers Land For Jobless

23/7/13- Christina Flora Archbishop of Crete Eirinaios said the Church is proposing to give farmland to people without jobs to help them during a crushing economic crisis. Speaking dto the Church News Agency Dogma, he noted that he “wanted to show the love of the Church to the people who are in need of food” stressing that the ...

Mount Athos Monks Won’t Move Out for EU

Christina Flora -20/7/13 According to information, there has been unrest in Mount Athos since the night of July 17, as police forces with two patrol cars are outside the Esphigmenou Monastery. The tension began after the evacuation of the Holy Monastery that was ordered by a bailiff. The command was given to start projects funded by ESPA and ...

Putin to Visit Mount Athos

Christina Flora - 27/6/13 Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is going to visit the Aegean on the yacht of an entrepreneur friend. Although it is difficult to tell Putin’s plans for sure, it seems that after Mount Athos, which he visits every year, the Russian president wants to see the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian located in ...

Proposal to Exhibit Mount Athos Treasures

  Christina Flora 5/3/13 The state of Victoria and Greece are going to discuss on the update of the memorandum signed in the early 90′s about teaching Greek in public schools. The proposal was made by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nikos Kotsiras, in a meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Hellenism abroad, Costas Tsiaras. Tsiaras ...

Turkish Smuggler Wants Cypriot Treasures

Christina Flora - January 2013 According to a report by the German newspaper Abendzeitung, Aydin Dikmen, a Turkish smuggler of artworks, is going to the courts asking for Cypriot treasures to be declared a “dowry” of his wife and is demanding  compensation from the Church of Cyprus if he’s forced to return them. Dikmen is a Turkish art ...

Stolen St. Nicolaos Icon Found in German Gallery

Christina Flora 12/10/2012 An icon of St. Nicolaos, stolen eight years ago from the Goudovasdas Monastery in St. Paraskevi, in Kalomira, and the Kalambaka area of Greece, has been found in a gallery in Germany, officials said. The icon is said to be unique and of great archeological value. It dates from 1779 and was stolen from the ...