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Greek PM Tsipras Meets with Pontic Associations on the 100th Anniversary of the Pontic Genocide

"Tomorrow is a very important day for Hellenism as a whole, not just for Pontian Hellenism. It is a day of remembrance of the Genocide - a century ago - of the Greeks of Pontus," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

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...

Pavlopoulos Calls for Pontic-Greek Genocide Apology

"We do not forget the shameful crime and its victims," Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Friday in his message ahead of the May 19 Remembrance Day of the Genocide of Pontian Greeks. He also called on those responsible for...

Greek Presidential Guard Faints during Pontian Genocide Ceremony (video)

A man of the Greek Presidential Guard wearing Pontian traditional attire fainted during the ceremony to commemorate the Pontian Genocide (May 19) on Friday. The incident occurred at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Greek Parliament...

The Greek Genocide Formally Recognized by Montreal City Council

On Monday night the Montreal city council announced that they adopted a declaration to acknowledge the Greek Genocide which occurred during and after WWI from 1914-1923 against the Pontic Greeks by the Ottoman Empire. There were several members of Montreal’s...

The Greeks of Donetsk Oblast: Surviving the Ukraine Crisis

Unbeknownst to many, Greeks make up the third largest nationality in the Donetsk Oblast (Donetsk Province) in the Ukraine. In particular, the region is home to the city of Mariupol where a large influx of Pontic Greeks came to...

Greek-Canadian Senator Housakos Wants Canadian Government to Recognize Pontian Greek Genocide

During a recent speech in the Canadian Senate, Greek-Canadian Senator Leo Housakos addressed his colleagues in efforts to bring to vote the need for Canada to recognize the Genocide of the Pontic Greeks from 1916 to 1923 by Turkey. Most...

Turkish Authorities Ban Christian Liturgy in Panagia Sumela Monastery

Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license for the yearly mass at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon is revoked. After five consecutive years during which it was allowed to have Orthodox Christian divine liturgy on August 15 at Panagia Sumela Monastery...

Pontic Greeks Graveyard Picnic, a St. Thomas Day Tradition [video]

The Plight of The Pontic Greeks Most people are not aware of the group of ethnic Greeks called Pontic Greeks. They are ethnical Greeks who once lived along the shores of what is now known as the Black Sea. Greek...