Church of Greece

Environment Minister Signs the OK for Cremation Facilities in Greece

Minister of Environment and Energy Panos Skourletis signed an amendment that opens the way for the establishment of cremation facilities in Greece. The new amendment puts an end to environmental concerns that were a hurdle to the licensing of cremation...

Greek PM Asks Archbishop of All Greece to Continue Philanthropy

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a three-hour dinner with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos and discussed the importance of the Church's philanthropy and the need for constructive dialogue between Church and State. The Archbishop received the prime...

Government Eases Capital Controls on Church of Greece

The Finance Ministry decided to ease capital controls on the Church of Greece, a decision that was criticized by business owners who continue to suffer with capital controls. Specifically, after a decision of the Greek Ministry of Finance, metropolises can withdraw...

Greek Holy Synod: Yoga Incompatible with Christianity

"The practice of yoga has no place in the lives of Christians," was the announcement made by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece in response to the International Day of Yoga, which was established by the United Nations...

Shortage of Grave Plots Revives Cremation Controversy in Greece

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...

Only God Can Repay the Greek Debt

What do Alexis Tsipras, George Soros, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, James Galbraith, Costas Simitis, Standard & Poor's and the average Greek person on the street have in common? They all agree that the Greek debt is unsustainable. Negotiations between Greece...

Alleged Sale of 'Navagio' Beach a Fraud

The alleged sale of 15,000 acres of land around famous “Navagio” beach on Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea is characterized as a fraud of massive proportions. Greek newspaper "Ethnos" published information proving that the case was a fraud. The alleged...

Church of Greece Revenues Drop

During the last five years,  Church of Greece revenues have decreased by 70%. Βelievers offer fewer donations, while the number of sacraments performed in churches has dropped due to the financial crisis. At the same time, many properties belonging to the Church...

Greek Church Appeals to Moscow Patriarch Over Food Ban

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has decided to send a letter to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow asking him to speak to the Russian government concerning the ban on imports from European Union countries. The Greek Church is hoping...

Cremation with a Simple Written Statement

The Greek government gave the green light for the opening of cremation centers, with an amendment to the Environment Ministry bill. The regulations, signed by Interior Minister Argyris Dinopoulos, Development Minister Nikos Dendias, Health Minister Makis Voridis and Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis,...