PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

Once the world’s leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was closed by the Turkish government 43 years ago. The US and religious freedom activists want it reopened. But Turkish officials have long said that won’t happen until Greece improves conditions for Turkish minorities living there. Watch the PBS video above to...

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Church of Greece Issues Internet Restrictions for Clergy and Monks

Church of Greece Issues Internet Restrictions for Clergy and Monks

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece has issued a memorandum on Internet use by clergy and monks. According to Protothema, the document cautions clerics and monks, advising they consider refraining “from expressing themselves online” and “ensure that their behavior on cyberspace does not come into conflict with...

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Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

From the region of Taranto, Greece, these golden fried pieces of dough are traditionally eaten during the fasting-Christmas period. The folklore is they were given by the infant Christ to the poor – this tale acts as a “prequel” to Christ’s adult miracle of the five loaves. It represents Christ...

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December 4: Saint Barbara’s Feast – Greek

December 4: Saint Barbara’s Feast – Greek

Celebrated on December 4th, Saint Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen, firemen, and those engaged in hazardous occupations. According to Greek tradition, Loukoumades are made on her feastday. On army bases, they are offered to soldiers and visitors supposedly because they resemble cannonballs. Saint Barbara is also the patron...

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The Economist: Church and State in Greece

The Economist: Church and State in Greece

The relationship of Church and State is a perennial issue in Orthodox circles, especially given the exceptionally close and occasionally complicated ties that were the norm during the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Russian Empires. The debate is taking on new urgency in Greece, whose constitution and legal tradition provides the Orthodox...

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Yahoo: Greek Orthodox Church Bans Religious Rites at Cremations

Yahoo: Greek Orthodox Church Bans Religious Rites at Cremations

Orthodox Christianity does not support the cremation of human beings after they die. Because we believe that each person is created in the image of God, we treat the human body with care and honor it always. However, cremation continues to be a major part of the funeral industry in...

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Greek Reporter: Turkish TV Producers Blow Up Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Reporter: Turkish TV Producers Blow Up Greek Orthodox Church

Cappadocia, Turkey, has always been a favorite filming backdrop for Turkish television producers. There are many old mansions in the area that were inhabited by Greeks in the past. Many abandoned residences have been damaged or destroyed serving the purposes of TV series. However, blowing up an Orthodox church, namely...

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Greek Reporter: Church of Greece Revenues Drop

Greek Reporter: Church of Greece Revenues Drop

By Nikoleta Kalmouki During the last five years, Church of Greece revenues have decreased by 70%. Βelievers offer fewer donations, while the number of sacraments performed in churches has dropped due to the financial crisis. At the same time, many properties belonging to the Church remain vacant. Vacant buildings amount...

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Armenian Weekly: Greece Adopts Bill Criminalizing Genocide Denial

Armenian Weekly: Greece Adopts Bill Criminalizing Genocide Denial

The Hellenic Parliament adopted a bill (54 to 42, three abstentions) on Sept. 9 criminalizing the denial of genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide of the Pontic Greeks, thus becoming the third European country after Switzerland and Slovakia to adopt such a measure. The bill known...

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BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs of Hisaronu, a raucous tourist resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. The abandoned village’s air of mystery – and off-the-beaten-path feel – is precisely what...

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