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.


The deputy governor of the Mount Athos monastic community in northern Greece, Aristos Kasmiroglou, has extended a suspension of pilgrimages to the peninsula until April 15, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.


The director of the regional health clinic at Karyes expects that by the end of May over 500 monks, out of a general population of about 4,000, will have been vaccinated in the autonomous monastic polity in Northern Greece. 

A couple flies a kite in Drapetsona suburb of Piraeus, near Athens, on Sunday, March 14, 2021. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

Colorful kites danced in the skies above the hilltops and seafront promenades of Athens on Clean Monday as Greeks turned out to celebrate the Eastern Christian holiday in their traditional fashion after being hit hard by the pandemic during the winter.