Nuns on the run ‘left 500,000-euro debt’

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece is reportedly trying to convince a group of 55 nuns who disappeared from their monastery near the Bulgarian border last month – after allegedly building up a debt of -500,000 euros – to return to the fold. The nuns had allegedly used the Kirykos and Ioulittis monastery as a base for producing knitwear which they sold to 25 stores across the country. It was unclear how the alleged debt was amassed. The nuns, who fled from the monastery in mid-December, are believed to have sought refuge at another monastery in Volos, central Greece. A group of bishops this week met with the head nun to press for the women’s return. Archbishop Christodoulos has reportedly offered to take the Sidirokastro monastery under the wing of the Holy Synod if the nuns return.

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