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Cyprus Bans Liturgies in Crowded Churches Following Coronavirus Epidemic

Cypriot Health authorities on Tuesday ordered a ban on mass gatherings of people -- including churches -- after two cases of Covid-19 coronavirus were recorded on the island. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that the ban, which will be in...

Greek Orthodox Church Declares Coronavirus Not Transmitted by Communion

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece issued a statement on Monday referring to the Covid19 coronavirus outbreak, maintaining that Holy Communion does not transmit the virus. The new, controversial statement comes after days of heated public debate...

Holy Communion in the Τimes of Coronavirus

As fears grow across the globe about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, people in Greece and abroad are wondering if gatherings in churches and other shrines should be restricted, or at least if some of the practices of...

Greek Orthodox Church on Lesvos Island Destroyed by Vandals

The small church of Hagios Georgios (Saint George) near the village of Moria on Lesvos was vandalized by unknown assailants on Monday. Some local people are blaming a group of migrants who live at the nearby camp for the act....

Diocese of Thessaloniki Ordains the City's First African Deacon

Father George (Georgios), the first African deacon in the known history of the city’s diocese, was ordained a Deacon by Thessaloniki’s bishop Anthimos recently. Father George, who hails from the African nation of Uganda, moved to Thessaloniki in order to study at...

Corfu Island Honors Its Patron Saint Spyridon With Splendid Ceremonies

The Greek island of Corfu (Kerkyra) honors the memory of its Patron Saint Spyridon on December 12 each year. Thousands of faithful Christians have already arrived on the Ionian Sea island from all over the world to worship the saint. People...

Church of Greece Says Will Deny Funeral Services to the Cremated

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece issued a leaflet on Wednesday, in which it expresses its strong opposition to the practice of cremation as "contrary to the Church's principles, traditions and customs." The leaflet addressed ''To The People''...

Archbishop Ieronymos Offers Help to Homeless Greek Couple

The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos offered to cover the accommodation costs of the elderly couple which has been made homeless and has been camping outside a church in central Athens for more than 40 days. Ieronymos visited...

Greek Orthodox Clerics Refuse Burial Services for Cremated Individuals

The Orthodox Metropolis of Thiva and Livadia in central Greece earlier this week denounced  cremation and threatened to refuse burial services for those opting for the practice. According to press release by the Metropolis, "it is unthinkable for conscious Orthodox...

The History of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Patron Saint of Athens

Saint Dionysius the Areopagite is the patron saint of the city of Athens, and is also known as the protector of judges and the judiciary. Born during the first century AD, Dionysius grew up in a wealthy Athenian family. Before...