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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...

First Free Greek Orthodox School in the UK

The first Greek Orthodox secondary school in England is about to open next week in North London. The school is the St. Andrew the Apostle School in Barnet and as the BBC reports, it will teach students from 11...

Greek Freedom Marked In Sydney, Melbourne

Thousands of Greek Australians, and Australians of other ethnicities came together in Sydney and Melbourne on March 24 to mark Greece's Independence Day holiday of March 25. In Sydney the event took place in the Central Park before Prime Minister...

Crisis Pushes Greek Poverty To 31%

Unrelenting pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions have put 31 percent of the Greek population at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2011, according to a report released by Eurostat on Feb. 26. According to the report’s...

New Greek Orthodox Patriarch Enthroned in Syria

Syria’s Greek Orthodox Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial mass in Damascus on Sunday amid civil war. John Yazigi, 57, replaces Ignatius Hazim as the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Hazim died in December. The...

Two Church Officials Suspected of Tax Evasion

The Greek finance ministry’s economic crimes department is probing the bank accounts of two top officials of the Greek Orthodox Church in a tax evasion investigation, the Ethnos newspaper reported on Monday. The Greek financial authorities discovered that and Metropolitan...

Austerity Pushes 20% of Greeks Into Poverty

More than 2.34 million people in Greece are living below the poverty line, due largely to a barrage of pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions that have hit workers, pensioners and the poor while the rich, politicians, and...

Russian Church Sends $636,000 to Help Greek Church Feed Poor

Officials of the Russian Orthodox Church raised 517,628.34 euros ($636,219) and have sent it to the Greek Orthodox Church to support poor and unemployed people. The Greek Church is feeding scores of thousands of poor Greeks and others during...

Church of Greece Not Exempt from Taxes or Negative Media Attention

Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Ieronymos sent an open letter to the Greek Parliament and Greek Prime Minister commenting on international media reports on the Greek Orthodox Church being exempt from taxation. The purpose of his letter is, according...

EU’s Greek Orthodox Head Says Church is Unfairly Accused of Tax Scandals

The Greek state keeps collecting taxes from crisis-hit citizens while wealthy Greek ship-owning families as well the Greek Orthodox Church are exempt from taxation, reports Nikolaj Nielsen for the EU Observer. The Greek Orthodox Church remains the country's largest property owner. ...