Council of Hierarchy of the Church of Greece and the Ukrainian Orthodox Schism

Jelena Rakocevic - Specialist in Eastern Orthodox Affairs - OCP News Service- 23/6/19 The Phanar masterminded the conflict in the newly-established Autocephalous Church of Ukraine. The US Department of State and the incumbent Government of Greece have pressured the Greek Church to 'speed up' the recognition of the new Metropolitan of Kyiv. Greek analyst Michalis Papadopoulos states that an ...

GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO INITIATE PROCESS OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH FROM STATE

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Orthochristian.com - 27/6/18 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras intends to initiate the process of separating the Greek Orthodox Church from the Greek state and revising the relevant article of the Greek constitution, reports Russian Athens with reference to the Greek paper Kathimerini. According to the Greek publication, within the next month Tsipras will present his plan for the revision of the ...

GREEK TRANSGENDER LAW IS “CRIME BEFORE GOD”—MET. HILARION

Orthochristian.com - 23/10/17 The new law allowing even 15-year-olds to legally change their gender, recently adopted by the Greek Parliament on October 10, is a “crime before God and the people” and will be met with numerous protests from believers, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk believes, RIA-Novosti reports. “I think the ...

Refutation to the Absurd Accusations of Mr. Nikolla Marku

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The Albanian Orthodox Church - 12/9/17 On August 26, 2017 several media portals broadcasted an "exclusive" interview with the self-proclaimed priest of the church of St. Mary in the Kala District in Elbasan, Mr. Nikolla Marku, who still holds the church usurped since the day of its seizure by force. In this interview, he once again seeks ...

DISPUTED ATHONITE STATEMENT ON CRETE COUNCIL SPARKS CONTROVERSY

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Pravoslavie.ru - 10/8/17 A group of representatives from each of the 20 Athonite monasteries met recently to respond to the unrest that has arisen in the Church following last June’s council on the island of Crete that produced a number of documents, several of which have proved controversial. Their statement was eagerly awaited by many in ...

METROPOLITAN JEREMIAH OF GORTYNOS: “WE SHOULD NOT RUSH TO RECOGNIZE THE RESULTS OF THE CRETE COUNCIL. WE NEED A NEW DISCUSSION OF THE ‘RELATIONSHIP OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE REST OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD’ DOCUMENT”

Pravoslavie.ru - 15/12/16 The hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church has commented on the results of the Crete Council and criticized the document “Relationship of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The main points of his statement are published here: 1. “The Crete Council should have clarified the situation (to protect believers from ...

BULGARIAN CHURCH REASSERTS REJECTION OF CRETE COUNCIL

Pravoslavie.ru - November 2016 Meeting last week, the Holy Synod of the Church of Bulgaria came to a conclusion on the Council of Crete and its decisions, maintaining their earlier rejection of it. The patriarch of Bulgaria has informed Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens by letter of the synod's decision, with an official announcement expected soon. The Bulgarian Synod ...

PRIMATE OF GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH: PLAN FOR DE-CHRISTIANIZING EUROPE BEING REALIZED IN BRUSSELS

Pravoslavie.ru - 11/1/16 Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens visited the small border island of St. Eustratius. Addressing the locals, the primate of the Greek Church said: “In Brussels they’re continuing to realize their plan of de-Christianizing Europe. We must stay vigilant,” reports Agionorus.ru. According to the archbishop, “history has shown that when we were united, no one could defeat ...

UNION OF ORTHODOX CLERGY AND MONKS OF GREECE: CRETE COUNCIL NOT A REAL COUNCIL

Pravoslavie.ru - July 2016 Agionoros.ru has published the main provisions of an open letter signed by the well-known Greek pastors, monastics, and theologians. The authoritative Greek public organization “Union of Orthodox Clergy and Monks,” has commented on the results of the Crete Council. Agionoros.ru has published the main provisions of an open letter signed by the well-known Greek ...

METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS OF NAFPATKOS DESCRIBES PROBLEMS WITH DOCUMENTS ADOPTED ON CRETE

Pravoslavie.ru - July 206 As earlier reported, one well-known contemporary theologian, Met. Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpatkos, was among those participants of the Council on Crete who didn’t sign some of the documents adopted there, raising consistent critiques of their contents and proposing theologically reasoned amendments. Agionoros.ru published a statement of Met. Hierotheos, shedding light on the events which ...

Court fines journalist who slandered Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi

January 2014 On January 10, the Romphea Greek Church agency reported the judicial decision of the first instance court of the city of Athens on the journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who was the first to begin the media campaign against elder Ephraim and the Vatopedi Monastery. The court has pronounced that the publications of Vaxevanis on the internet ...

Standing Holy Synod to Control Church Property

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 supreme authority ...

Greek Church Goes Digital

Nikoleta Kalmouki - December 2013 One would say that the Greek Orthodox Church is rather conservative and doesn’t keep pace with technology, but it appears that things are starting to change. The  Archdiocese of Athens, trying to reduce bureaucracy, has created a communication network. The Greek Orthodox Church is entering the digital age by enabling the request of various church documents, like ...

Greek Church Interferes with School Book Contexts

17/11/13 The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church decided to interfere with school book contexts, and the Ministry of Education requested an appointment between a Church representative, and the Editorial Committee of the Pedagogical Institute. According to the report by Ta Nea, Holy Synod has made such a similar request several times, as the religious body ...

Christian’s under fire in Libya

Historic St George Church in Tripoli International News Desk 17/9/2012 Christian's in the Middle East are under attack in a new wave attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists. Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Tripoli’s Old City, in Libya was attacked by four young men on Sunday according to reports from Christian groups. Four men climbed over the walls ...

Head of Greek Church says austerity is ‘deadly medicine’

4/2/2012 Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of the Church of Greece, has taken the rare step of writing to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to express serious concerns about the effectiveness of the government’s fiscal policy and the effect it is having on Greek people. In his letter, Ieronymos also raises doubts about the role of the European Commission, ...

Greek Church Promises To Boost Charity Meals as Poverty Deepens

23/12/2011 Emmanouela Seiradaki The leader of Greece’s Orthodox Church on Thursday promised to boost its campaign to provide free meals to the poor and homeless, amid the country’s deepening financial crisis. Archbishop Ieronymos visited a central Athens food bank with members of the country’s national football team, to promote a campaign launched this week allowing supermarket shoppers ...

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 ...

Greek Church Warns Of ‘Tsunami Of Poverty’

26/8/2011 Greece will face a desperate situation this autumn, with a wave of poverty stemming from its crippled economy, a spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Athens warns. Speaking to Sky's business presenter Jeff Randall for a special programme on Greece's financial woes, Costis Dimtsas described the added pressures the Church were facing in the provision of ...

Greek Church to Sue Port Authority Over Land for Rebuilding

By Matt Dunning 28/12/2010 Greek Church to Sue Port Authority Over Funding and Land for Rebuilding Leaders of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once seated at the foot of the World Trade Center and destroyed on Sept. 11, are hoping the threat of a lawsuit will force the Port Authority to honor a deal it struck ...

Greek Church Denounces “Country Governed by IMF”

By Apostolos Papapostolou 17/12/2010 The Orthodox Church has denounced the lack of leadership and the moral sense that, by means of the crisis, has made Greece a country ”under occupation”. It ”carries out the orders of its creditors” from the IMF and the EU which ”appears to have lost its independence.” In a message to ...