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Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction‏

One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches. “Turkey is not converting churches into mosques because there is a need for more mosques… The message conveyed … is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.” — Constantine Tzanos, author. The physical devastation of the ... Read More »

St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy

By John G. Panagiotou Many things are said and written about the great Cappodocian Father of the 4th century St. Basil the Great of Caesarea. In Basil the Great, we find the consummate theologian, liturgical scholar, ascetic and evangelist of the Faith. Too often, however, one more aspect of Basil is left overlooked and that is Basil as the first ... Read More »

The Asia Minor catastrophe – An Overview by Neos Kosmos

An overview of a historical event that changed the face of modern Greece Neos Kosmos – Published 24 Sep 2013 This month marks the 91st anniversary of the catastrophe of one of the great cosmopolitan metropolises of the Mediterranean sea, Smyrna. The month of September also marks the beginning of the end of the 3,000 year long presence of Greeks ... Read More »

NEOMARTYR CONSTANTINE THE TURKISH HAGARENE APOSTATE

(Commemorated on 2nd of June) What we know of Saint Constantine’s early life are only a few brief facts, since fellow family members and Ottoman Christians at the time of his martyrdom, hesitated to speak about his very public confession which stirred much ill-will amongst Ottoman Hagarenes (Muslims) and Ottoman civil authorities. His own family from what research seems to ... Read More »

NOEL BABA: WILL THE REAL SANTA CLAUSE PLEASE STAND UP?

At Christmas time in year four of primary school, I was officially crowned the most unpopular pupil in class. The reason for earning this rather dubious title, is that in response to my teacher’s question as to whether we were cognizant of the identity of Santa Claus, I stated: “Yeah, I know, he was an old Greek priest who lived ... Read More »