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Greek President Calls on the World to Recognize Pontian Genocide

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday joined thousands of Pontian Greeks who gathered at the church of Panagia Soumela at Mt. Vermion in northern Greece to celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Pavlopoulos attended a memorial service in memory...

Panagia Soumela Monastery will Not be Open for Dormition of Virgin Mary Liturgy

The emblematic Panagia Soumela Monastery in Trabzon, Turkey will not be open for the Dormition of Virgin Mary liturgy on August 15 since restoration works are not completed yet, according to a Skai television report. The monastery, which is the most...

Historic Soumela Monastery in Pontus Reopens

The historic Panagia Soumela Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and located in Trabzon in the Black Sea is to reopen its doors to the public on May 25, 2019 after more than three years of restoration work. The religious...

100 Years Since the Pontian Genocide

  It has been 100 years since the Pontian Genocide, and Pontic Greeks remember May 19 as a black day each and every year. At the same time, it is a date used to strengthen the bonds between them all...

A Journey with Symbolism: Bicyclist Connects Panagia Soumela Monasteries in Veria, Trabzon

In a long journey full of religious and cultural symbolism, 34 year-old George Lipiridis recently bicycled from the Panagia Soumela Monastery in the Greek region of Macedonia, to the Panagia Soumela Monastery in present-day Turkey, near the city of...

Secret Chapel and Crypts Discovered at Panagia Soumela Monastery (photos)

Crypts and secret passages; which until now have been unexplored, came to light during restoration work at Panagia Soumela Monastery in Trebizond. According to a report in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, crews working their way through crypts have reached the...

Panagia Soumela Monastery to Remain Closed Until August 2018

The Panagia Soumela Monastery will remain closed until August 2018 due to restoration works ongoing since 2015. The annual liturgy of the Greek Orthodox Church on August 15 -- the Day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary -- conducted by...

Panagia Soumela Holy Icon Worship at Greek Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos is opening the doors of the ministry to those who want to worship the holy icon of Panagia Soumela held there. The pilgrimage is part of a six-day series of ceremonies and cultural and religious events...

Pontian Brotherhood to Establish Pontian Intsitute of Distance Learning

The Pontian Brothrehood Panagia Soumela of Toronto announced the establishment of the Pontian Institute of distance learning education (www.pon-edu.com) by members of the Brotherhood and the Director of Education of Pontian language, Stathis Taxidis. Pontiac residents of Toronto and the...

Greek Customs Across Greece on Assumption Day, August 15

On August 15th - also a public holiday - Greeks all over the country will celebrate one of Christianity's most significant days, the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Some call this day "the summer Easter" to show the importance of...