Calamos Supports Greece

Greek church

Bogomils: The Christian Sect That Believed Satan Was Jesus’ Brother

The Bogomils were a Christian sect originated in the 10th century Bulgaria and believed that God had two sons, Jesus and the older Satanael

The Greek Orthodox Monk Who Died Without Ever Seeing a Woman

A Greek Orthodox monk on Mount Athos, the center of Orthodox monasticism, died at the age of 82 without ever seeing a woman. This is the story of Michael Tolotos. Born around 1856, Tolotos faced a tragic start to...

Five Breathtaking Greek Island Monasteries Built on Cliffs

In older times, Greek monks were trying to build monasteries in places that were hidden or difficult to access in order to protect them from bandits, invaders, and conquerors.

Mount Athos Ban on Women Steeped in History, Mystery

The peninsula of Mount Athos is home to twenty monasteries where only monks are allowed to live and only males are allowed to visit.

Fire-Hit Greek Hospital in Istanbul Restored

The exterior restoration of the Balıklı Greek Hospital in Istanbul, which was severely damaged by a fire, has been completed, while interior renovations are ongoing, Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday. The historic Balıklı Greek Hospital suffered extensive damage in a fire...

Russia’s Church Blasts Greece for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Officials of the Orthodox Church in Russia have criticized the decision by Greece to legalize same-sex marriage and the Greek Orthodox Church for being ineffective in its opposition. Greece’s 300-member Parliament passed the bill in a roll call vote on Thursday...

Philokalia: The Massive Collection of Byzantine Texts Saved by a Greek Monk

Devout Greek ascetic Monk Nikodemos made it his life work to preserve and revive the Byzantine spiritual wisdom through traditional Christian Orthodox practices

Stylites, Byzantine Era’s Most Extreme Hermits

Stylites, the men who practiced the most stringent form of asceticism in the early days of Christianity, took the urge to leave the world behind and become hermits to an extreme that few others could match. Living atop pillars or...

King Charles Calls Greek Monk for Prayers After Cancer Diagnosis

After being diagnosed with cancer, King Charles called a Greek Orthodox monk on Mount Athos and asked him to pray for his health, as revealed on Tuesday. Elder Ephraim who is currently Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi at...

Why Greek Orthodox Priests Have Beards

The beards of Orthodox priests are some of their most striking attributes, marking them as different from other Western religious men.

Nea Moni Monastery, a Historical Treasure on the Greek Island of Chios

The Nea Moni Monastery on the Greek island of Chios is a treasure from Greece's long history, now listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Five Ancient Greek Temples Turned into Churches

The interaction between the polytheistic beliefs of ancient Greece and the subsequent emergence of Christianity stands as a pivotal chapter in history. The shift from one religious framework to another was marked by considerable challenges, often involving intense clashes,...

Discovery of Greek Inscription Reveals Home of Saint Peter

Archaeologists believe that a Greek inscription discovered in what was the city of Bethsaida, Israel, identifies Apostle Peter's home. 

Turkey Set to Turn Iconic Chora Byzantine Church Into Mosque

After Hagia Sophia, Turkey is about to turn the iconic Chora Church in Istanbul into a mosque, according to a Yeni Safak newspaper report. The Chora Church, Kariye in Turkish, which functioned as a museum for seventy-nine years, will open...

The Secret Cave of the Acropolis and Its Holy Water

One of the best kept secrets of the Acropolis in Athens is a cave that hides part of an ancient Greek temple of Asclepius with a spring that was used for sacred cleansing and from which later Christians believed...