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Armenians in Tearful Goodbye to their Own ”Sumela” Monastery

Just like the Greeks who were forced to give up their precious cultural heritage of Pontus and Asia Minor to the Turks a century ago, Armenians did the same over the weekend as they bid farewell to Dadivank Monastery. In...

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...

Erdogan Pushes to Allow Islamic Prayer Inside Hagia Sophia

The controversial issue of once again performing Islamic prayers inside Hagia Sophia this July was discussed during a recent High Advisory Board meeting of the Turkish presidency. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke out at the meeting, which took place on June...

Uganda’s Greek Orthodox Church Asks for Urgent Donations to Livestream Services

The Greek Orthodox Church of Uganda, which recently celebrated 100 years since its founding in the country, has appealed through social media for donations in order to livestream its services during Holy Week and beyond. As most religious institutions internationally...

Greece Nominates Epirus Festivals for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Listing

The Greek Ministry of Culture recently submitted an application to UNESCO in hopes that by the time of the traditional village celebrations of Epirus' Syrrako and Vlasti on August 15, they will be included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The...

Archbishop Ieronymos Urges People to Stay at Home in Address to the Nation

Ieronymos II, the Archbishop of the Orthodox Christian Church of Greece, addressed the nation on Friday afternoon in a televised message broadcasted by Greece's public broadcaster ERT2. Ieronymos referred to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, saying that ''we all know that...

Bishop of Corfu Calls on People to Thwart Rules, Receive Communion in Churches

The string of dangerous and reckless statements by high-ranking members of the Orthodox Church of Greece seemingly have no end during the coronavirus pandemic, as Nektarios, the Bishop of Corfu, urged people recently to lie to the state, break...

Greek Church Requests Coronavirus Exception to Conduct Liturgies Behind Closed Doors

The leadership of the Orthodox Christian Church of Greece requested an exemption from the coronavirus curfew measures in a letter sent to the Education & Religion Ministry officials on Thursday. Their request was submitted so that they could carry on...

PM Mitsotakis Declares ''We Are at War, Stay Safe, Stay at Home''

In a new wartime-like televised address to the nation, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed the public about the latest emergency measures taken by the government to cope with the unprecedented lockdown the country is in due to the...

Holy Communion in the Τimes of Coronavirus

As fears grow across the globe about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, people in Greece and abroad are wondering if gatherings in churches and other shrines should be restricted, or at least if some of the practices of...