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Church of Greece Says Will Deny Funeral Services to the Cremated

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece issued a leaflet on Wednesday, in which it expresses its strong opposition to the practice of cremation as "contrary to the Church's principles, traditions and customs." The leaflet addressed ''To The People''...

Greece Scraps Reinstatement of Blasphemy Law Following Public Outcry

Greek Minister of Justice Costas Tsiaras announced on Tuesday that the government is now withdrawing its decision to reintroduce the criminalization of blasphemy in Greece. Following a public outcry and a massive wave of ridicule across social media, the Greek...

Saint Demetrios: The History of Thessaloniki's Beloved Patron Saint

Saint Demetrios (or Dimitrios) is one of the most popular Christian saints not only in Greece but across the Orthodox Christian world, with millions of people bearing his name, in all of its variations. Saint Demetrios is also the well-known...

The History of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Patron Saint of Athens

Saint Dionysius the Areopagite is the patron saint of the city of Athens, and is also known as the protector of judges and the judiciary. Born during the first century AD, Dionysius grew up in a wealthy Athenian family. Before...

Previous SYRIZA Government's Reforms to Religious Education Ruled Unconstitutional

The Council of State (STE), Greece's highest administrative court, published its ruling on Friday in which it deems the changes to religious education introduced by the previous government as unconstitutional. The left-wing government of the SYRIZA coalition changed the way religious...

The Greek Orthodox Church Celebrates a Century of Vital Work in Uganda

"We are Greeks because we got educated in Greece," says Jonah (Lwanga), the Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda, the spiritual leader of more than 100.000 Ugandans who are Greek Orthodox Christians. Speaking to the Greek Reporter's Anastasios Papapostolou, he proudly...

Greek Independent Authority Rules Against Recording of Religious Faith at School

Greece's data protection authority (HDPA) ruled on Wednesday that keeping records of the religious faith of students violates the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. The independent authority also ruled that it is illegal to ask parents to...

Scientists Claim to Discover Traces of Byzantine Coins on the Shroud of Turin

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage, scientists claim that they have found traces of Byzantine coins on the famous Shroud of Turin, believed to be the linen cloth in which the dead body...

Copy of the Gospel Written in Greek Found in Mosul, Iraq

A rare copy of the Gospel, handwritten in Greek and translated into Aramaic, was found in the debris of a destroyed Orthodox church in Mosul, Iraq, the Association of Orthodox Journalists reported recently. According to the Orthodoxia News Agency, the...

Greek Orthodox Community Celebrates Feast of Agia Paraskevi on Tenedos

A group of people belonging to the Greek Orthodox community of the island of Tenedos celebrated the Orthodox feast day of Agia (Saint) Paraskevi on Thursday. Tenedos, now known in Turkey as Bozcaada, is an island in the Northeast Aegean...