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Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios says Russian church has “disappointed us” over Ukraine

The Russian Orthodox Church has let Christian Orthodox fathers down by supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual head of some 260 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, said in an interview. Moscow calls its three-month-old invasion a “special military operation” to rid Ukraine of fascists, an assertion Kyiv …

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Church on Crete to serve as vaccination center upon initiative of local priest

In a highly symbolic move, a church in Heraklio, Crete, will serve as vaccination center upon the initiative of the priest in charge, Father Andreas Kaliontzakis. Located in the village of Acharnes, around 20 minutes from the city of Iraklio, the Church of Panagia Acharnon will serve locals and non-locals …

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Gov’t tells Church: “Law cannot be applied as needed, sidestepped by those who disagree”

“The law cannot be applied as needed so that anyone who disagrees can sidestep it,” the government said in a response statement to the Church of Greece late on Monday. “Beyond a mere obligation, the implementation of preventive measures is also an act of social solidarity and responsibility, by all …

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3 injured when police goes to church illegally allowing believers inside

Tension between police, the son of a priest and two faithful went high on Sunday morning and ended with fines and arrests. The incident took place in the church of Riza, village in Halkidiki, northern Greece, when some neighbors reported to police that the church had opened its doors to …

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Sweeping police checks and fines across Greece on first lockdown day

Greek Police conducted sweeping checks for compliance with the measures of the second lockdown in the country. In a statement on Sunday, Police said that there were 55,724 police checks to ensure compliance with Covid-19 control measures on Saturday, November 7, the first day of the lockdown. Checks led to …

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North Macedonia requests church autocephaly from Ecumenical Patriarch

North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski has appealed to the global seat of Orthodoxy in Istanbul to recognize the independence of his country’s Orthodox Church, Greek state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported on Monday. “I turn to you, on behalf of a large portion of my fellow citizens, who identify themselves as …

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Chora: Erdogan converts another historic Church into mosque

President Recept Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Friday morning that converts another historical Byzantine church in Istanbul into a mosque. After Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora will also open for Islamic prayers and lose its status as a museum. The church in Chora is …

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“No visits to relatives & friends over Easter,” warns Greece’s gov’t spokesman

This Easter will be different, without any traveling, gatherings or visits to the churches, while visits to relatives’ and friends’ houses to celebrate are not permitted, Greece’s government spokesperson Stelios Petsas warned on Monday, right at the beginning of the Holy Week. “We disapprove incidents like those in Koukaki and …

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Greece’s top Epidemiologist Tsiodras under fire for church going during ban

Spokesman of the National Health Organization and Professor for Infectious Diseases, Sotiris Tsiodras, came under fire on Sunday for chanting in a church during the mass that was supposed to be held behind closed doors except for the clergy and the helpers. As if this was not enough to trigger …

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Bishop arrested for holding a mass with faithful despite lockdown

The Bishop of Kythera Seraphim was arrested on Saturday for having opened a church and held a mass in presence of a crowd of people, despite a relevant ban and other lockdown measures imposed by the Greek government to contain the spread. The Bishop had expressed his objection to the …

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