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POLI NA SAFARI by Alexandra Chakos

July 18, 2014 Featured News
Presbytera Alexandra arrives at her job site and home for the next 40 days

Poli Na Safari – Mayan Orthodox Community – July 2014 “Poli na safari” is a Swahili phrase meaning, I’m sorry for your travel. It is intended to show sympathy for the hardship one often faces while negotiating the difficult African terrain. Having traveled those rocky, pitted, unpaved roads, I understand the need for such a […]

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High Level Coptic Orthodox delegation pays historic visit to the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos

May 29, 2014 Featured News

  Kisha D Dorad ( OCP Delegate of Serbia, Balkans and East European Region) OCP News Service – 28/5/14 Pan-Orthodox Unity Athens: With the  blessings of  Pope Tawadros II a  high level delegation of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa made a historic visit to the holy monastic republic of Mount Athos on […]

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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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Prime minister D. Medvedev and Patriarch Kirill chair a meeting of the Public Board of Guardians of St. Panteleimon’s monastery in Mount Athos

January 23, 2014 News

On January 24, 2014, the Public Board of Guardians of the Athonite Monastery of St. Panteleimon held a meeting. It was chaired Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The leaders of the government and the Russian Orthodox Church in their capacity of co-chair of the Public Board […]

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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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Elder Paisios the Athonite to be canonized soon

December 19, 2013 Featured News

December 2013 Paisios the Athonite and other elders from Holy Mount Athos will be canonized soon, reports the AgionOros.ru (“Holy Mountain”) website with reference to the authoritative Greek portal Hellas-Orthodoxy. Several months ago the same portal, with the reference to sources from Holy Mount Athos, was the first to publish the information on the impending […]

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Gifts of the Magi relic from Mount Athos to visit Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

December 14, 2013 News

Moscow, December 13, Interfax – The holy relic of the Gifts of the Magi, preserved in the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos, will be taken to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and Kiev for the Orthodox Christmas holiday in January 2014. The relic will be on display at the Cathedral of the Christ the […]

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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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Postage Stamps of Mt. Athos Presented

October 9, 2013 News

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 […]

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Up on the holy mountains

September 28, 2013 Featured News

THE SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY - Piers Akerman  – 28/9/13 SOFT rain drifted across the small town of Karyes and mist hung over the slopes of Mount Athos as our small band of pilgrims unfolded from the cramped confines of a battered taxi on Holy Ghost Street. It was mid-morning and the small shops selling icons and […]

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What’s In Elder Paisios’ Lucky Bread?

August 22, 2013 News

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 […]

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The Icon of the Mother of God – Prodromita at Techirghil Monastery

August 17, 2013 News

On 13 August 2013, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, met on a scene specially arranged in the yard of Saint Mary Monastery – Techirghiol – patriarchal stavropighie in the county of Constanta – the Icon of the Mother of God – Prodromita, brought from the Chapel of the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation of […]

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Mount Athos Monks Won’t Move Out for EU

July 20, 2013 Featured News

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 […]

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A Visit to Zograf Monastery at Mount Athos

July 4, 2013 News

4/7/13 It’s hard to imagine how dark it is when morning services start on Mount Athos. You have to blindly grope the deep throne-like wooden seats in the church — or risk sitting on the lap of another worshiper. The first bell rings at about 3 a.m. Most of the monks show up by 3:30 […]

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Putin to Visit Mount Athos

June 27, 2013 News

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 […]

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Serbia: Conference on Holy Mount Athos held in Belgrade

June 27, 2013 News

26/6/13 (ANSAmed) – BELGRADE, 26 JUNE – Participants of a three-day international conference dedicated to an Orthodox spiritual center, the Holy Mount Athos, Greece, adopted a declaration pointing to the necessity of preserving the legal status of the Holy Mount and making the world familiar with its tradition. The conference, which brought together 120 speakers […]

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Former Taliban From Afghanistan Baptized at the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos

June 14, 2013 Featured News

  13/6/13 Ahmed was born and raised in a village in Afghanistan in the middle of war. His childhood memories are dust, poverty, and compulsory Islamic education in the sacred writings and war. “I do not remember anymore who fought whom, however there was constant warfare.” For years he worked for the Taliban doing various […]

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The Story of Mount Athos’ Panagia Portaitissa

June 9, 2013 Featured News

Stella Tsolakidou - 8/6/13 One of the most important relics of Mount Athos besides the icon of Axion Esti, is the Virgin Mary Portaitissa (meaning in Greek “Keeper of the Gate”) or the Iveron Theotokos as it is also known. Its history has made many people cry and others to believe, while it is considered one of […]

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Senior Athos monk praises Russia, urges global Orthodox unity

June 7, 2013 Featured News

Mount Athos, June 7, Interfax – The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, Archimandrite Ephraim, praised Russia and called for global Orthodox unity. “Even though it has been nearly a year and a half, our taking the Cincture of the Theotokos to Russia, the main relic of our monastery, is still fresh in […]

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Patriarch Kirill Visits the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos

June 6, 2013 Featured News

Patriarch Kirill arrives on Mount Athos On June 4, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived on Holy Mount Athos, accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, and Schiarchimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin). […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion: No Women On Mt. Athos

June 3, 2013 Featured News

3/6/13 Hilarion, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and  Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, revealed that Greece is under the pressure of international organizations to lift the prohibition on entry for women to Mount Athos, called avaton (Άβατον) in Greek. In a press release he issued on the occasion of […]

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