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Five Assyrians Fleeing Syria Drown Off the Coast of Greece

March 24, 2014 Featured News

By Nuri Kino – 24/3/14 (AINA) — On Thursday, March 21 a newsflash arrived: Seven migrants, including two children, lost their lives on Tuesday when their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, according to Greek maritime officials. Another two persons are missing after the accident which took place outside the island Lesbos. I did my […]

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Announcement Concerning the Union of the Synod in Resistance with the Church of the GOC

March 20, 2014 Featured News

Traditional Orthodox Churches – 20/3/14 Union between Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance) with the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece (GOC) Read more on Traditionla and Orther Orthodox Churches:  Global: At the completion of the Official Dialogue of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece with the Orthodox Community in Resistance, the Press Office […]

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Dačić visits Serbian monastery in Greece

March 2, 2014 Featured News

Tanjug February – March 2014 MT. ATHOS –  Ivica Dačić visited the Hilandar monastery at Mt. Athos in Greece and said the spiritual edifice was one of the most important treasures of the Serb people. It must not be neglected, Serbia’s outgoing prime minister and leader of the Socialists (SPS) was quoted as saying on […]

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Holy Gifts of Magi Travel from Greece to Moscow

January 22, 2014 Featured News

Iro-Anna Mamakouka – January2014 Within a week, about half a million pilgrims kneeled in front of the Holy Gifts of the Magi which were transferred to Russia by the Abbot of St. Paul’s monastery, archimandrite Parthenios. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, placed the Holy Gifts at the centre of the Cathedral in Moscow, […]

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IOCC Delivers Winter Relief To Greece’s Most Vulnerable

January 14, 2014 Featured News

January 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — As snow and nighttime temperatures fall in portions of Greece, the country’s most vulnerable – the elderly, people with disabilities and orphaned children – are at the greatest risk of succumbing to the bitter cold without adequate heat to keep them warm.  Tax hikes last year by the Greek […]

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Standing Holy Synod to Control Church Property

January 8, 2014 Featured News

January 2014 With an Amendment brought to Parliament by ministers Yannis Stournaras, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Michalis Chryssochoidis, all matters relating to the management and use of Greek Orthodox Church property will be governed from now on by Regulations issued by the Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. The Standing Holy Synod is the […]

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Hamish McRae: Getting away from it all is fine, but no man is an island

December 23, 2013 Featured News

Hamish McRae - 23/12/13 To visit the monasteries on Mount Athos is to step back a thousand years, the closest one can get now to the sounds and sensations of the Byzantine Empire. But it is also, more prosaically, like going back to a public school of the 1950s, and the experience I and a university […]

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Religious freedom for all

December 7, 2013 News

MUSTAFA AKYOL akyol@mustafaakyol.org – 7/12/13 I  have spent the past three days in the German capital, to attend an international conference organized by the Archons, a religious order whose main focus is to protect the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. But the conference, aptly titled “Tearing down walls,” was focused not only on the Ecumenical Patriarchate […]

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Hamish McRae: Getting away from it all is fine, but no man is an island

November 24, 2013 News

HAMISH MCRAE - 24/11/13 To visit the monasteries on Mount Athos is to step back a thousand years, the closest one can get now to the sounds and sensations of the Byzantine Empire. But it is also, more prosaically, like going back to a public school of the 1950s, and the experience I and a university […]

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Greece angered over Turkish Deputy PM’s Hagia Sophia remarks

November 22, 2013 News

November 2013 The Greek Foreign Ministry has reacted angrily over a possible conversion of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque following statements from Turkish officials. “The repeated statements from Turkish officials regarding the conversion of Byzantine Christian churches into mosques are an insult to the religious sensibilities of millions of Christians and are actions […]

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The tsipouro story

November 20, 2013 Featured News

Ross Robertson 20/11/13 Ross Robertson, resident of Greece for the last 25 years, takes a closer look at one of Greece’s best kept secrets. So what is this ‘tsip-ou-ro’ that everyone suddenly seems to be raving about? Some may remember their grandparents telling with pride of the tsipouro they concocted in their village, others of […]

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110 Years of Glory

November 20, 2013 News

Justine Frangouli-Argyris. Journalist and writer – 20/11/13 This past weekend, I was among the fortunate who attended the 110th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Parish of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England.  Assigned to deliver the keynote address, it gave me the opportunity to discover the Parish’s history which is inextricably […]

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Short overview of wine in Georgia

November 12, 2013 News

November 2013 According to a Georgian legend, God took a supper break while he was creating the world. He became so involved in his meal that he by accident tripped over the high peaks of the Caucasus and as a result he spilled his own food onto the land below. The land below blessed with […]

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Largest haul of repatriated church icons, mosaics returned to Cyprus after nearly 4 decades

November 12, 2013 Featured News
A Christian Orthodox priest looks at returned looted icons at the Byzantine Museum in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The largest haul of looted church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus has been officially welcomed after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of 173 items stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the Turkish Cypriot northern part Cyprus. The island was ethnically split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The Associated Press and Menelaos Hadjicostis – 12/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus – The largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus were officially welcomed Tuesday after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of the 173 items that were stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the […]

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The President of Greece Mr. Karolos Papoulias visited Archbishop Anastasios

November 6, 2013 News

The Albanian Orthodox Church – November 2013 On the day of his official visit in our country, 3 November 2013, the President of Greece, Mr. Karolos Papoulias visited the Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albanian, His Beatitude Ansatsios in afternoon. The reception was organized at the Holy Synod Center. Greetings were exchanged, and the […]

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Orthodox Christians Hail St. Demetrius

October 27, 2013 Featured News

27/10/13 Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, Greece and other churches observing the Gregorian calendar are celebrating Saturday the holiday of St. Demetrius. Known as Dimitrovden in Bulgaria – meaning the Day of St. Dimitar – the feast is an important church and traditional holiday. St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, a Christian martyr who lived in the 4th […]

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The Golden Dawn nightmare: The Orthodox Church and Greece’s war against neo-Nazism

October 8, 2013 Featured News

Demetrios Bathrellos – 8/10/13 Antonis was a fellow student of mine at high school back in 1984. He believed in the superiority of the Greek race and belonged to a strange political organization called Golden Dawn. He and his like-minded friends were not violent, at least not at school, and some were even excellent students. […]

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Orthodox Service In Turkish Hotel, Not Church

October 1, 2013 Featured News

Maria Arkouli – 10/1/2013 A group of about 400 Greeks performed a religious ceremony in a hotel, after the denial of the permission needed to conduct a church service at the Taxiarchis Church in the Aegean province of Balikesir’s Ayvalik district. As Hurriyetdailynews reports, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul wanted to organize a church […]

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Police: treasure hunters attack Greek monastery

August 31, 2013 News

The Associated Press 31/8/13 Police have arrested three armed men who allegedly broke into a Greek monastery, tied up monks and planned to search for treasure with a mechanical digger. They were caught Sunday when a friar who avoided capture phoned police before the digging could start at the Orthodox Monastery of St. George near […]

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Halki Seminary to undergo status change to allow for reopening

August 26, 2013 Featured News

ISTANBUL – 26/8/13 The Halki Greek Orthodox seminary on Istanbul’s Heyebeliada island will revert to its pre-1971 status as part of an indirect method of allowing the long-closed clerical school to reopen while avoiding constitutional regulations on private institutions, according to daily Radikal. The seminary’s reopening, which has been an ongoing point of debate for […]

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The History of Panagia Soumela Holy Icon

August 12, 2013 Featured News

Margarita Papantoniou - 12/8/13 According to the tradition of the Orthodox Church, the miraculous icon of Panagia Soumela that is located in the homonymous Holy Church in Vermio, northern Greece, is a work of the Apostle and Evangelist Luke. Etymologically, the name of the icon and the monastery derives from the name of the mountain, where […]

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