Church of Greece granted extension on loan of holy relic

The Catholic church in Venice that agreed to lend Saint Barbara’s relic to the Church of Greece has accepted a request from Archbishop Ieronymos for the remains to be kept in Athens until June 1.

The loan was due to last until Sunday.

The relic has been kept at Aghia Varvara Church in western Athens for most of the time it has been in the country, with worshippers queuing for hours to pay their respects.

The Church of Greece sparked controversy when it transferred the saint’s remains to the Aghios Savvas hospital so they could be worshipped by cancer sufferers.

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