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Mt. Athos in Complete Isolation Until November 30

In response to the nationwide lockdown imposed after the huge spike in coronavirus cases, deaths and intubations around the country, Greece's monastic community of Mt. Athos, called the "Holy Mountain," has decided to enter complete isolation from the outside...

Hollywood Star Turned Orthodox Offers Emmy Award to Greek Monastery (video)

Actor Jonathan Jackson, who shot to fame as Lucky Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital, offered his Emmy Award to the Greek Orthodox monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos. In a simple ceremony at the monastery, the American...

US Ambassador in Awe of Mt. Athos Orthodox Monastery

US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt has visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Athos in northern Greece, describing the religious community as "a truly spiritual place". Pyatt, who visited the monastic community of Vatopedi on Monday, was impressed by...

Vatopedi Monastery Trial Continues: Abbott Ephraim Says He Acted on Legal Counsel

Abbot Ephraim and Monk Arsenios of Vatopedi Monastery of Mt. Athos testified regarding contentious real estate exchange. With their testimonies, the case concerning land deals with the public sector is heading towards its final lap following appeals against earlier...

Ongoing Lawyers' Strike Leaves About 300,000 Legal Cases Pending

The ongoing anti-austerity strike by the country’s lawyers, which is in its fifth month and opposes the latest measures in the security fund and pension plan, has caused great confusion in Greek courts as about 300,000 legal cases are...

10.000 Euros Compensation to Vatopedi Monastery

Father Ephraim of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi, was suing Greek journalist, Kostas Vaxevanis for two of his articles published on the Internet and in print, concerning exchanges between the monastery and the state. The court partially vindicated the...

Greece Will Seize Ex-Minister's Foreign Properties

As former  Greek defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos remains in detention during an ongoing probe into charges he stole as much as 1 billion euros, or $1.27 billion, from defense contracts when he was in office, a magistrate investigating the...

Greek Former Defense Minister Sits in Same Prison Cell as Monk Ephraim

ATHENS – Former Defense Minister and a founding member of the PASOK Socialist party Akis Tsochatzopoulos - who has been charged in connection with a money laundering scheme prosecutors said he used to hide millions of euros in secret...

Abbot Ephrem Out on Bail But Confined to Greece

The embattled abbot of a monastery on Mount Athos, Greece, was released yesterday on a €300,000 bail after spending around three months behind bars. Ephrem, 55, chief monk of the Vatopedi monastery, had been remanded in connection with embezzlement, money laundering...