Outcry over church concert

A live music event inside the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Brighton in southern England last Sunday has been met with the disapproval of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, which is an archdiocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Mt Lycabettus church slapped with fine

The city planning department of the Municipality of Athens has imposed a fine of 1.26 million euros on the Church of Agios Isidoros on Lycabettus Hill in central Athens for illegal expansion into a forest area with arbitrary constructions.

Gay marriage testing Church and state ties

Greece’s Independence Day on March 25 and Greek Orthodox Easter on May 3 will serve as a barometer of the Church’s response to legislation passed by Parliament institutionalizing same sex marriage. 

Archbishop orders inquiry into rant against lawmaker

Amid the backlash from some clerics over Parliament’s recent ratification of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, Archbishop Ieronymos ordered an ecclesiastical inquiry on Tuesday concerning the archimandrite of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens, Father Seraphim Dimitriou, over his recent behavior toward a socialist MP.

Catholics on Lesvos mark St Valentine’s Day

The Catholic community in Mytilene on the island of Lesvos commemorated Saint Valentine in the “Frankoklisia” – the Catholic Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in the central market of the city.

Mount Athos monks weigh in on gay marriage

The government’s plans to legislate for marriage equality “circumvents fundamental principles of human existence,” the 20 monasteries that make up the monastic community of Mount Athos have announced.

Holy Synod warns of impact on family in letter to MPs

Ahead of the government’s submission of a bill on same-sex marriage to Parliament, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece sent a letter to 300 MPs reiterating its opposition, stressing the damage it will wreak on the institution of the family and children.

Church drafting letter to MPs on same-sex marriage

The legal adviser to the Hierarchy of the Greek Church is reportedly drafting a letter that will be sent to lawmakers regarding the legal ramifications of same-sex marriage and, according to well-informed sources, it will be completed after the relevant government bill is made public.