Church warns of new threats to youngsters

Forget sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. New threats to the spiritual well-being of Greek youth now include late sleeping hours and linguistic challenges, the head of the Church of Greece was quoted as saying yesterday. According to an Athens News Agency report, Archbishop Christodoulos told a conference on the island of Tinos that today’s young people face two kinds of problems. The one is their daily work schedule, which results in their going to bed late. As a consequence of this, young Greeks are unable to wake up early enough to go to church. The second problem, the ANA quoted Christodoulos as saying, is that young Greeks face great difficulties in understanding the archaic form of Greek used in church services. As of Sunday, Athens churchgoers have been provided with sermons in both the original text and in modern translation.

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