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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...

Diocese of Thessaloniki Ordains the City's First African Deacon

Father George (Georgios), the first African deacon in the known history of the city’s diocese, was ordained a Deacon by Thessaloniki’s bishop Anthimos recently. Father George, who hails from the African nation of Uganda, moved to Thessaloniki in order to study at...

Greece Joins US-Led International Religious Freedom Alliance

Greece is among 27 nations which will participate in the nascent, US-led International Religious Freedom Alliance (IRF), which will adopt a collective approach in protecting and preserving religious freedom across the world. According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...

Epiphany: From Thrace to Cyprus, Greeks Celebrate the Blessing of the Waters

The Christian feast of the Epiphany was commemorated across Greece, Cyprus and all the world's Greek Orthodox communities on Monday, January 6th, with particular gusto and celebration. This year, Greece found itself covered in frost and snow, but all the...

UNESCO Recognizes Byzantine Chant as Part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An important distinction for Greece and Cyprus was announced by UNESCO on Wednesday, when the two countries' proposal to the Organization to include the Byzantine Chant on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was approved. https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1204810602943827969 In its...