Carnival celebrations…

A Carnival float depicting two monks, one of whom is supposed to be Ephraim, the central figure in the Vatopedi land-swap scandal with the state, sits in a Patras warehouse yesterday after Church organizations took legal action seeking its withdrawal from forthcoming Carnival celebrations. A Patras court yesterday was deliberating an appeal by a local religious organization that city authorities be fined for authorizing the float which, it claims, offends religious sentiment. Several monasteries have written to local authorities seeking the float’s withdrawal.

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