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Anti-vaxxers verbally attack, boo priests in Greece’s churches (videos)

Anti-vaxxers in Greece have found a new way to make their attitude heard: they have started to verbally attack priests when the latter speak to congregation in favor of vaccinations against Covid-19. In just two days, two incidents occurred in Zakynthos and Thessaloniki where anti-vaxxers protested the priest shouting Shame! …

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Greece extends lockdown for one more week until Jan 18

Head of Civil Protection and deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Friday the extension of the existing lockdown for one more week. The lockdown restrictions that were supposed to end on January 11 will be in force until 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2021, he said. In contrast to initial …

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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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Greece to announce operation of retail stores, hairsalons, churches on Friday

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas and Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis will announce the lifting of some restrictions on the retail sector that will apply during the holiday season on Friday morning. The health ministry’s committee of coronavirus experts is considering the operation of retail shops, hairdressers, and also of churches over …

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Elderly in nursing home infected; Greeks ignore coronavirus restrictions

Twelve elderly residents of a nursing home in Glyfada suburb of south Athens have been detected positive to Covid-19  within a week. At the same time, parts of the Greek society keep ignoring restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus and are crowding at parties and in churches even …

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Following truck concern, Greece’s bishops demand opening of churches

It was clear that the concert on a truck through the streets of Athens over the weekend sent the wrong messages amid the lockdown restrictions in Greece. The clergy wants that the churches open mmediately and some even warn to open them without waiting for the government approval. At least …

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Greek enjoy Holy Week services per loudspeaker, some call on “church raids”

Holy Week and closed churches is the biggest challenge for Greece’sGreeks in this coronavirus year. While the religious services are being held behind closed doors, the faithful have to stay at home and find pleasure in listening to the beautiful hymns of Holy Week through the television, radio or internet. …

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Holy Week 2020: Seek and Hide between the Church, the Gov’t and the Coronavirus

A circular of the Holy Synod of the Greek Church set the country for one more time on fire amid the coronavirus pandemic. Churches will be open to the faithful so that they can individually pray during the Holy Week, Greece’s top clergy has instructed the bishops and the priests …

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Greek Easter 2020: Religious Services behind closed doors only

Religious services for the public of all faiths in Greece are banned between April 12 and 20, a joint decision by the Ministries of Education & Religion and of Health said on Monday. The ban is an extension of the previous one imposed on March 16, and ahead of the …

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Holy Synod suspends daily services, weddings, baptism, keeps churches open

Following a lot of “gentle” pressure by the government, the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church took a historic decision to impose several restrictions in the operation of the churches across the country and to call on vulnerable groups of the society and elderly to stay home. “Everybody should …

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US media remove crosses from churches on Santorini

One of the biggest service provider on the internet, US-based Yahoo has re-posted an article with pictures showing that the crosses of Greek Orthodox churches on iconic Santorini have been removed. In an article promoting vacations in Greece, crosses from churches were simply airbrushed  or made almost invisible at first …

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LIDL scraps all Santorini churches, moves to “Mykonos” after the outcry

After the outcry last year, international cheap chain LIDL did not dare to repeat its bold experiment and deliberately remove Crosses from Greek Orthodox Churches. This year, the LIDL removed the churches all together and move away from iconic Santorini scenery to some lower quality pictures of what it seems …

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