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Covid-19 in Greece: Experts Worry over Summer Vacation Peak

Experts worry that the spread of Covid-19 in Greece will be wider due to overcrowding on islands and the Panagia, or Dormition of the Virgin Mary, celebrations on August 15. With 37,000 new cases in August so far, Covid-19 infections...

Pontian Greek Representative Detained in Turkey on Eve of Feast of Panagia

George Varythymiadis, a representative of the Pontian Greeks, was detained at the Istanbul airport by the Turkish authorities on Friday.

Greece Marks Feast of the Virgin Mary Amidst Corona Scare

Orthodox faithful throughout Greece are marking one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary on Saturday, as the country is fighting to contain the spread of coronavirus. Also called the Assumption, the Feast...

Maria: The History Behind Greece's Most Popular Female Name

As Greeks around the world prepare to celebrate "Summer Easter'' on Thursday, as the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is called in Greek popular tradition, the nation is also ready to honor those bearing Greece's most popular female name,...

The "Miracle Snakes of Panagia" Appear Again on Greek Island of Kefalonia (video)

  The "miracle snakes" of Panagia appeared once again in the village of Markopoulo on the island of Kefalonia in Greece, just days before the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary  on August 15th. According to the news website...

Turkey Violates Greek Airspace Over Eastern Aegean Sea

Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over two small Greek islands in the Eastern Aegean Sea on Thursday afternoon, according to an announcement made by the Greek National Defense General Staff. The pair of Turkish fighter jets unlawfully entered Greek airspace...

Greek Faithful Rush to See "Miracle Snakes" of Panagia in Kefalonia (video)

Hundreds of Greek Orthodox believers rushed once again this year to Markopoulo, in the island of Kefalonia to worship and watch the "Virgin Mary Miracle Snakes" that roam freely in and around the Panagia Fidousa Church. Panagia Fidousa - or...

New Turkish Provocations Against Aircraft Carrying Greek President

Turkish provocations against the helicopter carrying Greek President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos were repeated on Wednesday, as Turkish warplane pilots warned the Greek pilot that he had entered Turkish FIR when in fact the helicopter was flying over...

Three Turkish Coast Guard Boats Anchor in Greek Waters

Three Turkish coast guard boats on Wednesday anchored in Greek territorial waters, one mile from the Panagia island of the Oinousses complex, according to "Truth" radio station. Reportedly, a Turkish aircraft flew over the island. The Turkish vessels departed a few...

Greek Government Plan to Give Life to Uninhabited Aegean Islets

The General Secretariat of Aegean and Island Policy announced in parliament a draft plan to make uninhabited Aegean islets habitable and offer incentives to that effect. The prospect includes 28 islets in the eastern Aegean, the sovereignty of which is...