Icon-smuggling ring uncovered

Scotland Yard has identified the alleged mastermind behind a ring that has been stealing religious icons from churches and monasteries in Epirus and Thessaly which subsequently ended up at European auction houses.

According to the Greek authorities, police in Athens were informed of the identity of the mastermind, who is from Thessaly, by their British counterparts. The person has yet to be taken into custody, however, as his or her whereabouts are currently unknown.

The information that led to the ring leader’s identification was provided by a London gallery following the online identification of six Byzantine icons that the gallery was planning to sell. The icons were recently returned to the monasteries they belong to in the area of Ioannina, northern Greece. It is believed that the alleged ring leader had claimed the icons were family heirlooms from his father’s personal collection. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Athens in the ’70s

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‘Continued Turkish provocations’ upset Greece

While Ankara renews its national security document and changes its redlines, Athens again accuses Turkey of ‘continued provocations’ in the form of threatening war and violating Greece’s aerial and naval sovereignty. Athens says it has a right to extend its territorial waters and that it is reserving this right.

Athens is accusing Ankara of «continued provocations» in the form of threats and violations of the country’s aerial and naval sovereignty that have allegedly occurred despite improving relations between Greece and Turkey.

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Greeks find human skulls in luggage of U.S. tourists

Greek police charged two U.S. tourists with desecrating the dead on Thursday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens international airport, a police official said.

«The skulls were found in a scanner check during a stop-over in Athens on their way back to the United States,» said a police official who requested anonymity. «The coroner confirmed they were human skulls.»

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The whole truth about Vatopedi

An issue of national importance which has been capturing the attention of the whole country for decades as well as the various Greek ministries and the Greek national security authorities, has become a matter of internal political squabbling, of investigative committees and of unrestrained chit-chat because of ‘additional external factors’. The consequences of such furor will possibly be felt by the entire nation for years to come. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Holy Mount Athos will never perish

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Byzantium may have perished and did not survive as a state. Nevertheless, it survives spiritually as a genuine way of life and as a culture. I would dare say that Byzantium lives on spiritually within the Holy Mount Athos! Our Lady’s garden exhibits resilience beyond time, as well as a unique way of life and a reviving vigor. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

New examining committee for the Vatopedi Monastery

Το παρεκκλήσι της Αγίας Ζώνης και μέρος της Δυτικής Πτέρυγας (νέο αρχονταρίκι) της Ιεράς Μεγίστης Μονής του Βατοπαιδίου

Speaking personally, I would like to point out the following: PASOK requested the formation of a new examining committee on the Vatopedi issue after some peculiar, internal deliberations, which were caused by a group of house representatives. No one in the press asked why! The New Democratic party (ND) was right when it initially declared that it would not support this new move unless new evidence was provided. After being pressurized, the ND changed its stance and agreed on the formation of the committee without explaining the reason, on the condition that all the examining boards should not sit at the same time in order to prevent public opinion and house representatives from being exclusively preoccupied with the issue. Again no one in the press asked why. It is now obvious that behind the revival of this issue some people with great interests are hiding. Whoever had the opportunity to read Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Dialogue between a Geron (Elder) and an atheist

The Holy Image or "Mandylion" (also known as the Shroud of Turin). For proof that this cloth is indeed the ancient image of Jesus Christ venerated since early Christian times in Syria, see these two books: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Faces-Secret-Places-Wilson/dp/0385261055 and http://www.amazon.com/Crucifixion-Second-Completely-Revised-Expanded/dp/1590770706/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254215747&sr=1-1

The Holy Image or "Mandylion" (also known as the Shroud of Turin). For proof that this cloth is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ that is venerated since early Christian times in Syria and then in Constantinople, see these two books: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Faces-Secret-Places-Wilson/dp/0385261055 and http://www.amazon.com/Crucifixion-Second-Completely-Revised-Expanded/dp/1590770706/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254215747&sr=1-1

One morning, the holy Elder («Geron») Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (1930-1989) was in a conversation with 2-3 visitors at his home. One of them was an ideological atheist and a communist. Suddenly, someone from outside came rushing in, and informed them that the city of Athens had been flooded with photographs of Mao Tse Tung, with the inscription “Glory to the great Mao”. It was the day that the Chinese dictator had died.

Geron:

That’s the way things are, my child. Atheists do not exist. Only idolaters exist, who take down Christ from His throne and in His place they enthrone their own idols. We say: “Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. They say: “Glory to the great Mao”. You pick and choose which one you prefer.

Atheist:

You also choose your drug, grandpa. The only difference is, that you call it Christ, others call it Allah, or Buddha, etc. etc…

Geron:

My child, Christ is not a drug. Christ is the Creator of the entire universe. He is the one Who governs everything wisely, from the multitudes of infinite galaxies, down to the minutest particles of the microcosm. He has given life to all of us. He is the One Who brought you into this world and has bestowed you with so much freedom, that you can actually doubt Him, and even deny Him.

Atheist:

Grandpa, its your right to believe in all of those things. But that doesn’t mean they are true. Do you have any proofs? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Το μουσείο και τα μάρμαρα

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Tου Ν. Λυγερου

Η δημιουργία του νέου Μουσείου της Ακρόπολης προκαλεί πολλές αντιδράσεις στους συμπολίτες μας και ο καθένας θεωρεί ότι ισχύει η άποψή του, δίχως να εξετάζει το στρατηγικό σκέλος της όλης υπόθεσης. Το νέο Μουσείο της Ακρόπολης δεν είναι απλώς ένα μουσείο της Ελλάδας. Ο στόχος δεν είναι μόνο αυτός.

Πρέπει να αντιληφθούμε ότι αυτό το Μουσείο αποτελεί ένα ισχυρό εργαλείο και επιχείρημα στην υπόθεση της επιστροφής των Μαρμάρων του Παρθενώνα. Ένα από τα κυριότερα τεχνάσματα του British Museum της Αγγλίας ήταν ότι η Ελλάδα δεν διέθετε τις απαραίτητες υποδομές, για να εξασφαλίσει την ανάδειξη των μαρμάρων. Το παλιό Μουσείο της Ακρόπολης, όντως, δεν είχε αυτές τις δυνατότητες. Κατά συνέπεια, ο αγγλικός τύπος δεν είχε κανένα πρόβλημα, για ν’ ασκεί κριτική εναντίον της Ελλάδας πάνω σε αυτό το θέμα. Και με αυτόν τον τρόπο, στην ουσία, συνέχιζε τη θεωρία του επίσημου αρχαιοκάπηλου, ο οποίος, κατά την εκτίμησή του, έσωσε τα μάρμαρα του Παρθενώνα από τους βάρβαρους Έλληνες, ακόμα και αν αναγκάστηκε να πριονίσει τα μάρμαρά μας! Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »