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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 Synod of the Church of Greece Rules "Abortion is Murder"

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in Greece ruled on Tuesday that it considers abortion to be murder and cannot accept the practice. The Holy Synod, chaired by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, is the highest authority...

Makarios Named New Archbishop of Australia

The Holy Synod in Constantinople have unanimously voted for Bishop Makarios of Christoupolis to be named as the new Archbishop of Australia. Makarios was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1973. He studied at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens and...

Greek Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Deal to Cut Church and State Ties

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Tuesday rejected the deal which had been worked out between Archbishop Ieronymos and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in November of 2018. The agreement between the two men had included the...

Tsipras Vows To Bring Draft Bill on State-Church Relations, Ieronymos Agrees

Following a decision by the Church of Greece's Hierarchy on Friday,  the Prime Minister's office vowed to proceed immediately with the drafting of a bill to allow for all employees at the Church of Greece including priests to be paid...

Holy Fury at SYRIZA Gender Bill: ‘Undermines the Sacred Institution of Family’

"This is the ultimate appeal to the political world as a whole to assume their responsibilities and withdraw the bill," said Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos. The Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece, which...

Holy Synod to Hold Meeting on Religion Classes in Greek Schools in March

Starting on March 8-9, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece will hold a discussion regarding how religion should be taught in Greek schools. The discussion will focus on new stipulations that the Greek government has introduced regarding religion being...

LGBT Community Pens Open Letter to the Orthodox Church

  Your All-Holiness, Holinesses, Beatitudes, Eminences and Graces, dear Fathers, brothers and sisters, dear delegates of the Holy and Great Council, The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Christian Groups, an ecumenical association of more than 40 groups from...

Patriarch Bartholomew Asserts Church of Greece Jurisdiction at Holy Synod

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew closed the matter of church jurisdiction during the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church on the island of Crete. In the framework of an examination on church autonomy, Patriarch Bartholomew conclusively underlined that the...

Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church to be Held June in Crete

The next Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, in Kolymbari, west of Chania. More than 400 bishops representing 300 million Greek Orthodox Christians from around the world will...