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FoMA's Athos News pages provide links to reportage of current news events involving Mt. Athos. Occasionally they may also provide translations of reportage in languages other than English, or links to translations.
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Here you will find linkage to reportage accessible on the Internet of events currently happening on the Holy Mountain.

For the most part, only news reportage is here listed; FoMA makes no systematic effort to keep up with reportage or "chatter" appearing in blogs, the social media, and private websites.

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Mount Athos Chronicle

The current civil governor (διοικητής) of the Holy Mountain is
Aristos Kasmiroglou (Αρίστος Κασμίρογλου) (since April 26, 2010)
2018-2019 is the year of the fourth tetrad for the Epistasia. The members of the Epistasia for 2018-2019, who took office at Karyes on June 14, 2018, are:
Hieromonk Stephanos of Hilandar Monastery, protepistatis (ο Γέροντας Στέφανος Χιλανδαρινός)
Hieromonk Pavlos of Xeropotamou (Γέροντας Παύλος ἱερομόναχος Ξηροποταμινός)
Hieromonk Nikodemos of St. Paul's Monastery (Γέροντας Νικόδημος ἱερομόναχος Ἁγιοπαυλίτης)
Hieromonk Paisios of Grigoriou Monastery (Γέροντας Παΐσιος ἱερομόναχος Γρηγοριάτης)

News Reports (recent at top)

Orthodox Christianity, Mount Athos, February 10, 2019, Metropolitan Pavlos of Odessa of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine was very impressed after his returning from Mount Athos, where he paid a visit, accompanied by 7 priests of the Metropolitan of Odessa.
"Nobody shut the door upon us! All the rumors were inaccurate and propaganda,” said f. Valerios, priest of the Holy Metropolis.
Orthodox Christianity, Mount Athos, February 10, 2019, Seven Monks Leave Vatpedi Monastery on Mt. Athos After Visit of Ukrainian Scnhismatic Delegation
Orthodox Christianity, Mount Athos, February 9, 2019, St. Panteleimon's Monastery on Mt. Athos closes its gates to schismatic bishop
Other reportage:, in Greek, Union of Orthodox Journalists, in Russian
Orthodox Christianity, Kiev, February 2, 2019, Schismatic Head Epiphany Dumenko Visits Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi in Hospital
Orthodox Christianity, Kiev, February 1, 2019, Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi, Arriving in Kiev on Ultimatum, Suffers Heart Attack
The National Herald, April 19, 2018, Antonis H. Diamataris, U.S. Ambassador Visits Mt. Athos

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt in Karyes, April, 2018
The Panagia’s Garden, Mount Athos, is one of the unique places in the world.
It is not surprising that Geoffrey Pyatt, the American Ambassador to Greece, visited, and like so many others before him – as certainly many others after him will be – was excited.... The above link is for subscribers, but you can view the complete article here



Ongoing news articles for the current year will be reported here as they come to our attention.

Current Announcements
The Friends of Mount Athos issues announcements on significant Athonite matters such as changes and developments in administrative and spiritual leadership on the Holy Mountain as they come to our attention.

News of Related Interest
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Header Image: View of the Holy Mountain from a balcony at Stavronikita Monastery, with elements of the katholikon in the foreground.
Photograph by Robert W. Allison, © 2008.