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Mount Athos Ban on Females Steeped in History, Mystery

The peninsula of Mount Athos is home to twenty monasteries where only monks are allowed to live and only males are allowed to visit.

Mount Athos: A Monastic Community Where Time Stands Still

Mount Athos, referred to in Greek as the "Holy Mountain", is one of the most important centers of the Christian Orthodox world. Home to twenty monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, it is governed as...

Mount Athos Monk Hospitalized with Covid in Serious Condition

Mount Athos is on high alert, after 20 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the monks belonging to the many monasteries on the peninsula.

AEK Fans Unfold Banner in Support of Esphigmenou Monastery's Convicted Monks

A group of about 20 AEK fans unfurled a banner on the staircase above the Monument to the Unknown Soldier on Syntagma square on Wednesday, in support of the monks living inside Esphigmenou Monastery in Mt. Athos, after a...

20-Year Prison Sentence Handed Down to Monk, Abbot of Greek Monastery

A monk and the abbot of a Mt Athos monastery have been found guilty for crimes that will see them serving prison time if they are found, sources have reported. Antypas and Monk Methodios of the Mt. Athos monastery have been sentenced...

Monk Dies Trying to Help Firefighters Fallen Into Ravine

A Greek monk was killed and two firefighters injured when their vehicles fell into a 70-meter deep ravine near the chapel of Hilandarion monastery in Mount Athos, northern Greece. At 8.00 am on Thursday, the two firefighters started off on a routine...

Abbot Declines New Monks Due to Crisis

The Archimandrite Nektarios Moulatsiotis, Abbot of the monastery of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, in Fokida, Greece, announced that the monastery can't accept new monks because of financial difficulties. In fact, the Abbot, advised a man who wished to be a...

Greek Church Out of S.D.O.E's Jurisdiction

The fund of the Greek Orthodox Church is out of S.D.O.E.’s (Financial and Economic Crime Unit) jurisdiction. The S.D.O.E will have access to the church fund only if the minister of finance gives such an order. Even if there are...