SHORTAGE OF GRAVE PLOTS REVIVES CREMATION CONTROVERSY IN GREECE

GreekReporter.com - Philip Chrysopoulos The shortage of space in graveyards along with burial costs bring back the controversial issue of cremation in Greece. At the moment, graveyards in Greece’s capital and second largest city, Thessaloniki, are overcrowded to the point where a burial is essentially leasing a grave plot for three years. After three years, relatives can pay to ...

Andrew Neather: For a lesson in real hardship look at Greece

Andrew Neather 3/10/2012 The grape-pickers gathered around a makeshift altar in the winery as a chubby Greek Orthodox priest intoned prayers over a bowl of water. The water thus made holy — a miracle? — the black-clad priest sprinkled it on us with a bunch of basil. A harvest blessing — and in Naoussa this year it ...