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The Greek Orthodox Monk Who Died Without Ever Seeing a Woman

A Greek Orthodox monk on Mount Athos, the center of Orthodox monasticism, died at the age of 82 without ever seeing a woman. This is the story of Michael Tolotos. Born around 1856, Tolotos faced a tragic start to his...

Mystery Over Woman’s Remains at Men-Only Mount Athos, Greece

Mystery surrounds the remains of a woman discovered in 2019 who was buried centuries ago at the cemetery of Pantokratoros Monastery on Mount Athos. The Greek "Holy Mountain" with its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence is home to twenty monasteries,...

The Monastery-Fortress of a Remote Greek Island and its Last Monk

This is the story of Father Grigorios, a Greek-Orthodox monk who lived 38 years of his life, almost alone, in a medieval monastery-fortress on the small Ionian island of Strofades. Father Grigorios passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, at...

The Greek Buddhist Monk: From Serres to Sri Lanka

The Greek Buddhist monk Nyanadassana has been a senior monk of the ancient Buddhist Theravada tradition for 37 years in Sri Lanka. Nanyadasana was born in 1959 as Ioannis Tselios in Serres, northern Greece. At the age of 64, after...

Orthodox Monk Wins Case to Practice as a Lawyer in Greece

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday vindicated an Orthodox monk whose application to register at the bar had been rejected by the Greek authorities. The ECJ ruled that Greece cannot stop Monk Irenaeus from practicing as an attorney....

Greek Monastery Reopens After 600 Years

The last time that the Monastery of the Three Hierarchs held a mass in Lousoudi Kapetanion in Crete, was 600 years ago. However, the bells of the Monastery rung once again on Wednesday, three days after Easter, when the Monastery...

Eccentric Billionaire Alki David Leaves World for Monastery

Alki David, the billionaire owner of FilmOn said that he will leave the material world behind to become a monk and dedicate his life to Jesus. "I was born in an Orthodox family and grew up being an altar boy...