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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...

Epiphany: One of Christianity's Most Important Feasts

Traditionally, the great feast of the Epiphany marks the end of the extended period of Christmas holidays in Greece. Each year on January 6, hundreds of thousands of Greeks and visitors participate in the rich traditions that are observed in...

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...

Corfu Island Honors Its Patron Saint Spyridon With Splendid Ceremonies

The Greek island of Corfu (Kerkyra) honors the memory of its Patron Saint Spyridon on December 12 each year. Thousands of faithful Christians have already arrived on the Ionian Sea island from all over the world to worship the saint. People...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to Build New Monastery in Flowerdale, Victoria

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia announced on Tuesday that it will build a new monastery for men on the newly-renamed ''Mount Mela'' in Flowerdale, Victoria. The move was agreed upon during a meeting on Tuesday, December 10, between His Excellency...