Turkish Journalists Visit Halki Seminary

Nikoleta Kalmouki - Greek Reporter - October 2014 Journalists from major Turkish newspapers (Hürriyet, Sabah, Zaman, Taraf, Doğan Haber Ajansı etc.), visited the seminary of Halki, which participates in the European program “Minority Citizens-Equal Citizens.” The seminary abbot, Metropolitan Elpidoforos of Bursa, welcomed the journalists and presented the work done for the reopening of the seminary, such ...

Rotterdam: Valuable Items Stolen From Greek Orthodox Church

Nikoleta Kalmouki - September 2014 A 45 centimeter long, 25 wide and 7.5 deep silver reliquary, owned by the Greek orthodox church in Rotterdam, was stolen on Saturday afternoon. According to “Algemeen Dagblad” reports, the box contained pieces of the holy cross where Jesus Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, along with other valuable items. The reliquary was ...

Celebration of Holy Epiphany in Australian Cities

Nikoleta Kalmouki- 4/1/13 Epiphany, in Greek “Theophania” or “Fota,” is one of the most important days for the Orthodox world and it is celebrated in January 6. According to the Orthodox tradition, this day indicates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Traditionally, a priest throws a cross in the water and ...

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 ...

Constantinople: Monastery of Stoudios Converting to a Mosque

Nikoleta Kalmouki - 30/11/13 The Turkish government plans to turn the Monastery of Stoudios into a mosque. The monastery is one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Constantinople. The restoration of the building will end in 2014, and then it will be converted into a mosque. The monastery would be used as a museum but the ...