Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has met with Ukraine ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, in what he described as a sign of solidarity against “Russian imperialism.”

Russian Orthodox believers attend a Christmas service at Kazansky cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, 06 January 2022. [Anatoly Maltsev/EPA]

Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries began Christmas observances Thursday amid restrictions aimed at dampening the spread of the coronavirus, but few worshipers appeared concerned as they streamed into churches.

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Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia and Acarnania, western Greece, a staunch anti-vaxxer, has died of Covid-19 after a month-long with the virus. He was 76.


Police are investigating an attack with a homemade explosive device made of gas canisters outside the church of Agios Pavlos near Larissis railway station in Athens.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios was discharged from the American hospital of Istanbul on Thursday where he had remained for six days after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate said.

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the Holy Synod on Monday, and along with Archbishop Ieronymos recognized the need to focus and persist on the efforts to vaccinate the entirety of Greece’s population, especially in the regions of the country with low vaccinations rates.


Increasing the number of state positions for Church of Greece clerics to 10,000 from the current 6,000-odd and a revision of the Church’s charter are the top items on the agenda of Monday’s Holy Synod, which will be attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Pope Francis gives a news conference aboard the papal plane on his flight back to Rome after visiting Cyprus and Greece, on Monday. [Alessandro Di Meo/EPA]

A different pope, a spiritual leader who teaches with his attitude toward life, who radiates unusual sincerity and compassion, brought to Greece and Cyprus the message of love and peaceful coexistence of people, nations and religions.


The annual Christmas bazaar of St Paul’s Anglican Church is back, and will be taking place in the foyer of the War Museum in Athens on Sunday, December 5.