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Greeks of Cappadocia Left Indelible Mark on History

The Greeks of Cappadocia, in central-eastern Anatolia, created their own flourishing culture in ancient times that thrived for millennia.

This Christmas Tell Your Children the Real Santa Claus Story

Behind today’s mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today’s gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story all by itself.  By Lisa Bitel Santa Claus...

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

The wise men were likely accomplished astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event that could explore the origin of the star of Bethlehem.  By...

Why We are All Greeks: Three Times the World Adopted Greek Principles

"We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religions, our arts have their root in Greece," Percy Bysshe Shelley. By Demetri Kantarelis, Ph.D. Professor, Assumption University "Hey, we are all Greek!" I mean that, figuratively, we, all inhabitants of Earth,...

Saint Demetrios: The History of Thessaloniki’s Beloved Patron Saint

Saint Demetrios (or Dimitrios) of Thessaloniki is one of the most popular Christian saints not only in Greece but across the Orthodox Christian world, with millions of people bearing his name, in all of its many beautiful variations. Saint Demetrios...

Is There Life After Death? Scientists on Both Sides of Eternal Question

Whether or not there is life after death has been widely debated for many centuries. Many people who have been declared clinically dead have been jolted back to life -- some of them unwillingly -- after experiencing very powerful,...

106-Year-Old Greek Yiayia Prays For the Whole World Every Day

At 106 years of age, a Greek yiayia, or grandmother, named Anthi Katsouli stands in her yard every single day and prays for the entire world. Born in the village of Katarraktis in the region of Arta in Epirus in...

The Great Schism that Split Christianity into East and West

The East–West Schism that occurred in 1054 represents one of the most significant and tragic events in the history of Christianity. Eastern and Western Christians had a history of differences and disagreements, some dating back to the earliest days...

Why Many Churches were Built on Top of Ancient Greek Temples

Surprisingly, many Christian churches were built on sites where ancient Greek temples once stood, and many temples were once used as churches at some point in history. In fact, the Parthenon, which is likely the most famous ancient Greek temple...

Ten of Greece’s Most Spectacular Monasteries

Greece has many beautiful sights for you to check out while you are visiting the country. One thing you want to be sure to add to your itinerary is visiting some of the ancient, historical Greek monasteries. Here are ten...