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Greek Hollywood Easter with Tom Hanks and Other Celebrities

Tom Hanks with Father John Bakas of Saint Sophia outside the church

On Saturday night, the Christian Orthodox population of Los Angeles gathered at the Saint Sophia Cathedral for Greek Easter’s midnight mass. Most of the people that attend the event are Greek-Americans who live in the “City of Angels”, or friends that came to experience what orthodoxy considers its greatest holy event of the year. Since we are talking about Los Angeles, there are many celebrities that come to the church every year such as Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Nia Vardalos, Maria Menounos and 20th Century CEO Jim Gianopulos. According to people that work for Saint Sophia, Tom Hanks is very religious, and goes to church almost every day throughout the holy week. After the event, people held private parties or went to the Greek restaurants of the surrounding area for a traditional meal. On Easter Sunday the church organized its annual picnic at the Rose Bowl park in Pasadena.

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