[Holy Synod of the Church of Greece/Via Intime News]

The Church of Greece’s highest administrative authority issued a statement on Wednesday chastising two bishops who very publicly violated the coronavirus safety rules imposed during the Easter holidays.


A priest in northern Greece says he wants to ban the use of masks in his church and prohibit entry to vaccinated members of the flock, while expressing the desire to “strangle” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.


The powerful Church of Greece said Tuesday it would allow the faithful to take part in Orthodox Easter services next week but limit attendance and hold the services earlier in the day to conform with a government-imposed curfew.


Τhe Permanent Holy Synod (DIS), the ruling body of the Greek Orthodox Church, decided Tuesday to hold the main Easter service outside churches, three hours earlier than the regular time, as part of an agreement with the government on how to mark the religious festivities amid the pandemic.

[Evangelos Bougiotis/ANA-MPA]

The Greek government and the country’s Orthodox Church have reached an informal compromise on how to mark Easter at the end of the month, allowing services to be held outdoors and holding the main service on May 1 two hours earlier, Kathimerini understands.


The government will be able to provide extraordinary funding to the Church of Greece and other religious organizations in the country, to address the needs that have arisen due to the pandemic.