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Greek Church Torn Over FYROM Rallies

Differences continue to emerge within the Greek Orthodox Church over approaches to the ‘Macedonia’ issue, with Sunday’s major rally in Thessaloniki exacerbating a rift among senior clergy. There also appears to be uncertainty over whether church authorities in Athens should...

Greek Holy Synod Against Use of "Macedonia" in FYROM Name

Although the Greek church insists on the absence of the term "Macedonia" in a future FYROM name, the Holy Synod said, according to Greek media reports, Archbishop Ieronymos does not support the upcoming rally over the name issue. "We are...

Western Greece Church Bells Ring in Protest to Gender Rights Law

Church bells have rung in a western Greek diocese to protest a new law that makes it easier for citizens to change their legal gender. Under the guidance of ultra-conservative Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta, clerics in his diocese...

Greek Foreign Ministry Calls on Turkey to Protect Christian Churches in Istanbul

Greece's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it has been informed about cases of provocative acts in Christian churches in Istanbul. "In view of the Easter holidays, we expect the Turkish authorities to honor their relevant commitments and take all necessary...

President Pavlopoulos Mentions the EU Cares About Humans More than Currency

"The strident refugee crisis proves that the center of the European Union is not its currency, but its human beings" President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said during his address to the President and members of the Permanent Synod of the Church of...

Greeks in Izmir Celebrate Epiphany for the First Time after 94 Years [Video]

The Christian Orthodox ritual stopped being practiced in 1922 after the war and population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

Greek Orthodox Church Will Not Face Tax Hikes

Interim Economy Minister in Greece's caretaker government; Nikos Christodoulakis spoke with Ieronymos II; the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, on Tuesday, assuring him that he had never planned or even considered imposing additional taxes on the Church. Christodoulakis said there was no...

‘Wish Trees’ Attract Visitors in Saint Voukolos Greek Orthodox Church

The olive and myrtle tree saplings that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and İzmir mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu planted on February 6 at the exterior space of Saint Voukolos Greek Orthodox Church have now become main tourist attractions. According to Orthodox Christian historians, Saint Voukolos lived during the early Christian...

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...

Archbishop Ieronymos Urges SYRIZA Leader to Vote in Greek Presidential Ballot

According to Greek media, Archbishop Ieronymos allegedly urged SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to vote for a new President in Parliament. Tsipras visited the Dimitrios Center for Creative Activities of the Christian "Mission" where he had a 20-minute meeting with the Archbishop. Ieronymos told him...