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The 100th anniversary of the liberation of Epirus

“The Greeks of Epirus are in desperate straits. They are persecuted, tortured, robbed, beaten and conspired against. Greeks are murdered daily in the street…“   DEAN KALIMNIOU Neos Kosmos Newspaper – 22 Feb 2013 When Giorgos Hatzis wrote this letter of protest to the head of the Ottoman Reform Commission in Epirus, in 1912, the whole of Epirus was still part ... Read More »

Pappou Niko’s eternal exile

“It was all for nothing, all my struggles, all my privations and I’m alone. I try to figure out the reason for this and each time, I am more and more at a loss.” – Nikos Syrmos DEAN KALIMNIOU My youthful recollection of pappou Niko is of an exceedingly tall old man, possessed of severe eyebrows perpetually pressed into a ... Read More »

Christians violently ousted from Church in Premeti

Orthodox Archbishop of Albania urges calmness and respect for the rule of law 22 Aug 2013 The Christian Orthodox Church of Albania has condemned the violent ousting of clergy and believers from a temple in Premeti, during the celebrations for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the 16th of August, by private security guards and municipal authorities. Worshippers and ... Read More »


For over a decade, Fr. Luke and Presbytera Faith Veronis served as Orthodox missionaries in Albania under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos), with Fr. Luke directing the Holy Resurrection Theological Seminary in Durres. The Veronis family has now returned to the U.S., where Fr. Luke pastors Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, Massachusetts, and is ... Read More »