Greek Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Deal to Cut Church and State Ties

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Tuesday rejected the deal which had been worked out between Archbishop Ieronymos and Greek Prime...

Greek Government Gives Green Light to Cremation Facility in Athens

After years of delays following opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church, Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis signed a decision last week paving the...

US Ambassador Warns of Russian Efforts to Undermine Patriarch Bartholomew (video)

US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said on Tuesday there is evidence of Russian efforts to undermine Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Pyatt said that "we’ve seen...

Turkey’s Erdogan Demands Minarets for Athens Mosque

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that minarets should be built on  the mosque in Athens currently under construction. "Why isn't there a...

Orthodox Priests to Remain on Greek State Payroll

The Greek government announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached between the state and the Orthodox church which keeps priests on the...

Mount Athos: A Monastic Community Where Time Stands Still (video)

Mount Athos, referred to in Greek as the "Holy Mountain", is one of the most important centers of the Christian Orthodox world. Home to twenty...

Mount Athos Celebrates Christmas in Byzantine Splendor

The monasteries of Mount Athos celebrated Christmas on January 7 in an atmosphere which truly brought Byzantine splendor back to life. An all-night Christmas...

Epiphany: From Epirus, to Crete, the Blessing of the Waters

The Greek Orthodox feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th each year across the globe. This Epiphany, Greece found itself in the...

Epiphany: A Greek Orthodox Celebration Rich in Tradition

Epiphany is one of the most sacred Greek Orthodox celebrations, rich in many Christian traditions which also date back to ancient times. Epiphany (also called...

Greek Orthodox Church Remembers the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

On December 28, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the death of the Holy 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia who were burned to death at the...

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...

How Did Saint Nicholas 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...

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