Church of Greece

Orthodox Church of Greece says it cannot check COVID-19 rapid tests of faithful in accordance with government decision

Four days after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that faithful at Orthodox churches will have to present a negative COVID-19 rapid test in order to enter a church, the Holy Synod, the Church's executive organ, announced that it does not have the wherewithal to conduct such checks at the entrances of Church's.

Metropolitan bishop of Dimitrias demands that his priests be vaccinated or have a weekly self-test

Metropolitan Ignatios of Dimitriada (Volos) is widely considered one of the most moderate and open-minded bishops of the Orthodox Church of Greece.

The son of a priest who himself was for years a priest in the diocese of Piraeus, Ignatios became known widely from his weekly Sunday television show Arhontariki where he discussed spiritual and social issues with guests.

Church of Greece enters state’s vaccination campaign to persuade faithful to be vaccinated

Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias and Athens University Medical School Professor of Epidemiology Sotiris Tsiodras met today with the 12-member Permanent Holy Synod to persuade the Orthodox Church of Greece to join the state's massive vaccination push to build a wall of immunity by the end of August.

Second senior bishop dies of Covid-19

The Metropolitan Bishop of Kastoria, Seraphim, died from complications caused by Covid-19 at the age of 61 on Tuesday, becoming the second senior Greek cleric to succumb to the virus.

Seraphim tested positive in early December but as his health deteriorated, he was admitted to the 424 General Military Hospital of Thessaloniki, where he was intubated on December 20.

Ieronymos’ health condition ‘satisfactory’

The health condition of the head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, was described as "satisfactory" in a medical update issued by Athens' Evangelismos Hospital on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old archbishop was hospitalized in an augmented care unit of the hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19 on November 19.