To be an Archon: A solemn honor, an awesome responsibility

Archons from all over the world, including Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, are converging upon Athens for the 4th International Archon Conference, “Protecting Religious Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights” (May 26-28).

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.

HALC urges reassessment of Turkey’s religious freedom status

The Hellenic-American Leadership Council (HALC) has called for a review of Turkey’s position in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, published by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. HALC has proposed that Turkey be included in the “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) list.

Demarche lodged to UNESCO over Chora monastery

Giorgos Koumoutsakos, the permanent representative of Greece to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has lodged a demarche to UNESCO in Paris, after the decision by Turkish authorities to convert the Monastery of Chora in Istanbul into a mosque. 

Turkey converts Chora into a mosque as USCIRF puts the spotlight on religious freedom

Expert Tugba Tanyieri Erdemir joins Thanos Davelis to look at what the latest decision by Turkey’s government to convert the monastery of Chora, a former Byzantine church and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Istanbul, into a mosque will mean for the site, and look at the message it sends on religious freedom, especially in light of the latest USCIRF report.

State Department makes statement over conversion of Chora church

The US Department of State is aware of Turkey’s conversion of another historical Byzantine church into a mosque, and urges the government to “respect” the “diverse histories” of heritage sites that have hosted different religious communities.

Pierrakakis raises Istanbul church conversion during Vatican visit

Education, Religious Affairs and Sports Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis has said he raised the conversion of a former Byzantine church in Istanbul, the Church of St. Saviour in Chora, into a mosque during his first official visit to the Vatican in Rome.

PM says mosque conversion ‘completely unnecessary’

During his customary monthly briefing at the Presidential Mansion, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his dissatisfaction with the conversion of the former Byzantine church in Istanbul, the Monastery of Chora, into a mosque.

‘Holy Light’ makes its way across Greece

The ‘Holy Light’ arrived in Athens shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday and is making its way across Greece to arrive in time for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.