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Greek Church: No Funerals for Cremated Members

AP - Greece 's Orthodox Church has instructed its priests not to conduct funeral services for members of the church who plan to be cremated in violation of church tradition, an angry response to recent legislation that makes...

Navagio Beach in Zakynthos Allegedly Sold to the Emir of Qatar

The most famous beach in Zakynthos, Navagio beach, with its clear waters and the historic shipwreck lying on the sand, has attracted thousands of foreign and Greek tourists over the years. Recently, there were reactions following word about an old...

Standing Holy Synod to Control Church Property

With an Amendment brought to Parliament by ministers Yannis Stournaras, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Michalis Chryssochoidis, all matters relating to the management and use of Greek Orthodox Church property will be governed from now on by Regulations issued...

Greek Church Goes Digital

One would say that the Greek Orthodox Church is rather conservative and doesn't keep pace with technology, but it appears that things are starting to change. The  Archdiocese of Athens, trying to reduce bureaucracy, has created a communication network. The Greek Orthodox Church is...

Fire Beside Greek Church in Istanbul Kills One, Injures Two

One person died and two were injured when a sudden fire broke out in a building which is attached to the Greek Church of Aya Nikola in Sarıyer, the northernmost district of Istanbul, Turkey. The fire in the annex of...

Church to Draw Up Three-Year Plan to Limit Debt

According to Kathimerini newspaper, the Church of Greece is drafting a three-year economic schedule in an attempt to reduce its debt and to take advantage of its possessions to secure its independence, Archbishop Ieronymos stated during a session of...

Athens Merchants Oppose Sunday Openings

The Greek government's plan to allow more Sunday store openings to give a boost to store owners has run into a roadblock - from the merchants themselves - who don't want their businesses to run seven days a week,...

Greek Parliament Approves Joint Development Company for Church Property

An amendment was passed in Parliament on Wednesday establishing the "Company for Developing the Real Estate Assets of the Church SA", which will be owned equally by the Greek state and the Greek Orthodox Church. During discussion in Parliament, main...

Archbishop Ieronymos Offers Farming Land

With nearly two million people out of work in a crushing economic crisis and more turning to the land to grow food as prices have remained high, the head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has offered land...

Church Promises Aid to Weakest

The serious economic crisis which Greece is experiencing has also affected the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, which continues to make its disagreement known over the actions taken by Socialist prime minister George Papandreou. Interventions which, however, some parts of the...