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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Greek PM Mitsotakis Scraps Plan to Loosen State – Church Ties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis assured Archbishop Ieronymos on Tuesday that his government will not implement the agreement forced through by the previous leftist...

US Urges Turkey to Immediately Reopen the Halki Seminary

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Turkey on Friday to immediately reopen the Greek Orthodox Christian Seminary of Halki, near Istanbul. During his...

Athens’ First Mosque Set to Open, Despite Far-Right Vandalism

The first Muslim mosque to open for worship in Athens since the establishment of the modern Greek state is set to open its doors in...

Greece’s Folk Traditions for the Feast of the Ascension

June 6, 2019 is Ascension Day according to the Orthodox Christian Church. This great feast day in the Christian calendar has played a crucial...

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