Church of Greece

Countless Christian Churches in Greece Mark the Omnipotent Presence of Orthodoxy

Countless churches, chapels and shrines built in town squares, on mountain tops, in vast fields, inside caves in the rocks and everywhere one imagines, mark the omnipotent presence of Christian Orthodoxy in Greece. Official figures provided by the Church of...

Greece's Archbishop Ieronymos: 'The Ship Is Sinking'

Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos said on Tuesday that the country is like a ship that is sinking and hinted that the administration is partly to blame. Archbishop Ieronymos spoke in parliament, after he was invited to participate...

Archbishop of Greece Slams Education Minister

"Mr. Filis is a troubled man. He is inconsistent in his relations and in his words. He says one thing in the morning, and another in the evening," said Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece about Education...

Education Minister Makes New Call on State, Church Separation

Education Minister Nikos Filis said that the government must take steps to promote the separation of Church and State. The minister has been under fire lately by the Church of Greece and opposition parties for planning to change religious lessons...

Greece's Archbishop: People Will Decide Church-State Relation

"The Church was, is and will always be the mother of our people, with whatever that entails," said Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and all Greece, continuing the confrontation with Education Minister Nikos Filis and his decision to change...

New Clash Between Church and Education Minister in Greece

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece called the new changes in religion classes in Greek schools "unacceptable and dangerous," refueling the confrontation with Education Minister Nikos Filis. Under the changes implemented, the lessons on religion in Greek elementary, junior...

Patriarch Bartholomew Asserts Church of Greece Jurisdiction at Holy Synod

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew closed the matter of church jurisdiction during the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church on the island of Crete. In the framework of an examination on church autonomy, Patriarch Bartholomew conclusively underlined that the...

Greek Archbishop Ieronymos: Church Property Not for Sale

Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Ieronymos II said the property of the Church of Greece does not belong to the state and is not for sale. The Archbishop spoke to the Panthessalian Pastoral Assembly and underlined that, "The...

Cremation Is Now Legal in Greece

Cremation of the dead is now legal in Greece, despite strong opposition from the Orthodox Church. The law on cremation was officially published in Monday's Government Gazette. The Church of Greece prohibits cremation. However, the bill that was passed in...

Church of Greece Reacts to Bill Giving Civil Partnership Rights to Same-Sex Couples

A new draft bill that would give full civil partnership rights to same-sex couples is to be tabled in parliament amid reactions from the Church of Greece. The explanatory memorandum emphasizes the need for official recognition of same-sex couples based...