Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Churches in Britain to Close Due to Lockdown

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain announced on Saturday that all its churches will close across the country. This comes as a result of the new national lockdown imposed in England and the rest of the nations...

Greek Priest Arrested for Defying Covid Restrictions at Church

A Greek priest was arrested for defying the coronavirus restrictions and conducting the liturgy with dozens of parishioners present.

Syrian City Lays Cornerstone for New Hagia Sophia Cathedral

In war-torn Syria, as citizens try to deal with an almost total breakdown of their society after their country served as a battleground for many opposing forces, Orthodox Christians have decided to build a replica of the Hagia Sophia...

Greek Orthodox to Celebrate Saint George's Day on April 29

The annual celebration of Saint George on April 23 is one of the most important feasts in the Orthodox calendar. Almost all Greek households have someone called Georgios or Georgia among close or distant relatives or friends. However, this year...

How Greece Marks the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

There are many customs and festivals organized all over Greece on Aug. 15 in commemoration of the Virgin Mary. This day is a public holiday in Greece so Greeks are able to mark one of the most important days in...

Russian Priests Claim Greek Visa Bias

Russian Orthodox priests are complaining they are unable to obtain Schengen visas for EU travel through Greek missions as relations between Athens and Moscow worsen and churches divide over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a report carried by the BBC's Russian-language...

African King Baptized into Greek Orthodox Church on Mount Athos

Every baptism is a happy occasion but a recent ceremony in the religious enclave of Greece's Mount Athos was a little extra special. A tribal king who had travelled all the way from the West African nation of Ivory Coast...

Ancient Greek City in Turkey to Host Special Orthodox Service

A special Orthodox religious service is to be held on Tuesday in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, in modern-day Turkey. The liturgy in remembrance of Saint John; who is believed to have been buried at the site in Aegean...

Greek Holy Spring Under Istanbul Restaurant

Istanbul’s Asian-side district of Moda has always been a popular draw for many city dwellers. Largely middle-class and secular, it offers pleasant walks, hip cafés and bars as well as beautiful views of the Sea of Marmara and the...

Bulgarian Orthodox to Consult on FYROM Church Split

A long-standing split between Bulgaria and FYROM’s Orthodox churches may be heading for a resolution, despite concerns it could fuel more disagreement among Europe’s Orthodox communities. Reuters reported on Monday that Bulgaria’s Orthodox leadership was reviewing a request from their...