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Our great Church … in captivity

ALEXANDER BILLINIS Forgive me for borrowing from the title of Byzantine historian Sir Steven Runciman’s inimitable book on the Patriarchate during the Ottoman era, but the term is apt, I fear, when describing today’s Ecumenical Patriarchate. As diaspora Greeks, we are under the jurisdiction of this ‘captive’ Patriarchate. While the Patriarchate’s state of thrall to the Turks is not the ... Read More »

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 »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »