The Story of Mount Athos’ Panagia Portaitissa

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 the ...

Father Salzman Paints Icons for Orthodox Church

Stella Tsolakidou - 1/6/13 In January 2012, Father Anthony Salzman was assigned with creating a series of icons to decorate the ceiling of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Sophia in New London, Connecticut. The priest from Athens, Georgia, recently surveyed the canvasses he has painted so far to make sure everything will be ready for October, ...

May 19, Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day

Stella Tsolakidou - 19/5/13 In 1994, May 19 was selected by the Greek parliament as the day to commemorate the Pontian Greek Genocide by the Turks. The Pontic Genocide is one of the darkest moments in history not only for Greeks, but also for mankind. The Genocide vanished from its ancestral and historic homeland in Pontus a culturally vibrant and unique part of the Greek population that had been fighting for its ...

Greek Documentary Mana Seeks Crowdfunding

Stella Tsolakidou - 26/4/13 Awarded Greek-American director and founder of Exile Films, Valerie Kontakos, has turned to crowdfunding to complete her new documentary of a Greek orphanage different from others. To complete the last months’ shootings and be able to promote the documentary abroad, there is a campaign running till May 4 on Kickstarter, the world’s largest ...

Greek Monasteries Abound in History, Beauty

Stella Tsolakidou - 5/3/13 Religious tourism is one of the oldest forms of travelling and Greece has inspired travellers, whether for religious purposes or mere self-exploring, throughout the years with its rich tradition in religious sites. From the well-preserved Byzantine era churches to the countless monasteries and metochia, the country is vast of sacred places dedicated to ...

Vandals Wrack Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Tripoli

  Stella Tsolakidou - 13/11/2012 Metropolitan Theofylaktos of Libya met an unsettling scene upon entering the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Tripoli to conduct an annual memorial service in the memory of the Greek victims of World War II who lost their lives in Libya: it had been victimized by vandals. The Ambassador of Greece to Libya, George Amiridis, the ...

Archbishop Demetrios of America: “The Greek-American Community Will Continue to Help Greece”

Stella Tsolakidou 26/7/2012 “The Greek-American community will continue to help Greece and its people,” underscored Archbishop Demetrios of America during his meeting with a delegation from the Holy Archdiocese of Athens in NY. The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America noted that in light of the estimated long duration of the crisis, the Greeks of ...

Charles H. Cotros Addresses Clergy-Laity Congress on Role of Leadership 100

By Stella Tsolakidou 17/7/2012 Leadership 100 Chairman, Charles H. Cotros, told the 1,200 participants at the Plenary Session of the 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, that Leadership would meet new challenges in continuing its support of the National Ministries of the Church and humanitarian assistance “as ...

Annual Golf Tournament in Support of Orthodox Theological Academy

Stella Tsolakidou 28/6/2012 The 11th annual Golf Classic Tournament of the Orthodox Theological Academy of the Metropolis of Toronto was successfully completed in a golf club of Ontario. The players and supporters gathered $128,000 to support the work of the Theological Academy, while this year’s event attracted 160 participants. Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto said that the success story of ...

Metropolitan Sotirios Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

21/6/2012 Stella Tsolakidou His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of his dedicated work for his compatriots, the Greek community and Canada. “This award goes to all Greek Orthodox Canadians. I could have done nothing on my own. We achieved massive progress because of everyone’s cooperation ...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Supports Churches of Crete and Dodecanese

Stella Tsolakidou 18/6/2012 The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America donated $190,000 to the Churches of Crete and the Dodecanese in order to promote their charity actions aiding the suffering Greek people of these regions. More specifically, $130,000 was sent to the Holy Archdiocese of Crete and to the eight Metropolises of the Orthodox Church in Crete and another ...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Calls For Expansion of Cemetery in Matraville

By Stella Tsolakidou 29/3/2012 The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is calling all Greek-Australians to join the action taken for preserving and, in the future, expanding the burial space of Botany Cemetery at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park at Matraville. With space quickly diminishing in cemeteries across Australia, the Botany Cemetery serves some 1.4 million citizens of all backgrounds ...

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Visits Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul

By Stella Tsolakidou 1/3/2012 Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, D. Dollis, held a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Fener, Istanbul, earlier Thursday morning, in which the two men discussed issues concerning the international activities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Greek deputy also congratulated His All Holiness for his 72nd birthday. Having completed his formal visit to Jerusalem, the Greek ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Address Turkish Parliament

Stella Tsolakidou 15/2/2012 Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will address the Turkish Parliament on February 20, presenting the problems of Turkey’s minorities for the first time since the creation of the Turkish Republic. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch will discuss the minorities’ views on the new Turkish constitution, while he will also refer to matters such as the ...

AHEPA Initiatives to Help Relieve People in Debt-Ridden Greece

16/2/2012 Stella Tsolakidou To donate to AHEPA Foundation, Inc. online, visit www.ahepa.org The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, will mobilize its chapters, and work in cooperation with the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), to help with humanitarian relief efforts ...

“Greek News” Appeals to Greek-American Community For Support to Homeland

By Stella Tsolakidou 14/2/2012 The Greek-American daily newspaper “Greek News” has appealed to the Greek Community throughout the US to provide the necessary support for Greek people going through extremely harsh times. In its main article, the editor of the NY newspaper, Mr. Apostolis Zoupaniotis analyzed the Greek situation and presented the overall data concerning rising unemployment ...

Cypriot Cultural Centre of Vienna Celebrates the New Year

By Stella Tsolakidou 8/2/2012 The Cypriot Cultural Centre in Vienna celebrated the beginning of the New Year in a very grandiose event hosted at the Hall of the old Town Hall. The traditional vasilopita cutting event was attended by the newly enthroned Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria and Exarch of Hungary and Mid-Europe, Arsenios, the Chargé d’affaires of the ...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Celebrates The Greek Letters and Three Hierarchs

19/1/2012 Stella Tsolakidou The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has organized several events to celebrate the Greek Letters and the Feast Day of the Three Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. On Saturday, January 28, at 5:00 p.m. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will present the Three Hierarchs Awards of ...

New Excavations and Search for Holy Water At Orthodox Church in Ayvalik

By Stella Tsolakidou 16/1/2012 New archaeological excavations are being conducted at the Orthodox Church of Faneromeni in Ayvalik, a district of Balekisir, under the auspices of the Municipality and the Turkish Ministry of Culture. The findings of the excavations at the centre of the Kasibasa neighborhood are being eagerly anticipated by the local people, and not only them. ...

Εcumenical Patriarchate Denounces Russian Interference in the Ephraim Case

By Stella Tsolakidou 11/1/2012 Τhe Ecumenical Patriarchate denounced the interference of the Russian Orthodox Church in the case of Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi, after the Holy Synod concluded on Tuesday. In its official announcement, the Patriarchate points out that Mount Athos lies within the jurisdiction and borders of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and though it may include Orthodox ...

Metropolitan of Piraeus Opposes Mosque Building Bill

Stella Tsolakidou 29/12/2011 Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim filed an appeal to the Council of State asking from the Greek government to withdraw a bill about building a mosque in Athens. The Orthodox Metropolitan made an extensive reference to the wars Christianity has faced over the years, from 325 B.C. with Arios until today’s Jehovah Witnesses, which only aimed ...