Uniquely Greek Christmas Customs

Christmas holiday customs have become globalized in the past few decades, with Santa Claus or the Christmas tree appearing in unusual places, and even...
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Greece’s Zakynthos Island Honors Patron Saint Dionysios (video)

Hundreds of faithful flocked to the Metropolis of the Greek island of Zakynthos on Tuesday to mark the feast day of Saint Dionysios, the...

Mystery on Mount Athos: Woman’s Bones Discovered in Monastery

A group of scientists announced on Sunday in Thessaloniki that they had discovered bones "most certainly" belonging to a woman who was buried centuries...

How Did Saint Nicholas, Commemorated on December 6th, Become Santa Claus?

In Greece they call him Agios Vasilis (Saint Basil) -- but in the rest of the world he is the jolly, plump old man with...

Archbishop Ieronymos Offers Help to Homeless Greek Couple

The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos offered to cover the accommodation costs of the elderly couple which has been made homeless and...

Turkish Newspaper Claims Hagia Sophia Could Soon Become a Mosque

A story on the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak's front page on Tuesday claimed that a recent decision by the Turkish Council of State could...

Greek Orthodox Clerics Refuse Burial Services for Cremated Individuals

The Orthodox Metropolis of Thiva and Livadia in central Greece earlier this week denounced  cremation and threatened to refuse burial services for those opting...

Who Was the Mystery Woman Who Broke the Female Ban on Mount Athos?

This 1903 photograph of a woman on Mount Athos, which was published in a Greek newspaper at that time, still remains a mystery, with some...

Archbishop of America Elpidophoros Pledges to Help Panagiotis Rafael, Toddler With Deadly Disease

Archbishop of America Elpidophoros sent a letter on Friday to the family of Panagiotis Rafael Glossiotis, an 18-month old toddler who suffers from spinal...

Greek Holy Synod Recognizes Orthodox Church Of Ukraine

The Church of Greece decided on Saturday to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox...

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

October 3rd is the day the Orthodox Christian Church commemorates Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, the patron saint of the city of Athens, who is...

The Brave Greek Priest Who Held a Divine Liturgy in Hagia Sophia in 1919

Although it may sound more like wishful thinking than historical fact, there was indeed a brave Greek priest who managed to hold an Orthodox...

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