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2018-2019

Mount Athos Chronicle

The current civil governor (διοικητής) of the Holy Mountain is
Konstantinos Dimtsas (Κωνσταντίνος Δήμτσας) (since 13 August, 2010)
The previous civil governor, Aristos Kasmiroglou (Αρίστος Κασμίρογλου), served in this position from 26 April, 2010 - 13 August, 2018.
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 14 June, 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)

Romfea News, Athens, May 9, 2019, Elder Emilianos from Simonopetra Monastery reposed in the Lord on Thursday, May 9.
Elder Emilianos from Simonopetra Monastery reposed in the Lord on Thursday, May 9. The funeral will be held tomorrow in Annunciation monastery in Ormylia, Chalkidiki.

Elder Archimandrite Emilianos, born Alexandros Vafides, who was the Prior of the Simonopetra Monastery from 1973 to 2000, was born in Piraeus in 1934. However, he had origin of Asia Minor. He moved to Trikala in 1960 and was ordained as a monk on December 9, 1960....Elder Aimilianos retired as abbot in 2000. (View the complete article with image at the link above) Biography from Orthodox Wiki: https://orthodoxwiki.org/Aimilianos_(Vafeidis)

 
Romfea News, Athens, April 23, 2019, Elder Serapion of Simonos Petra monastery reposed in the Lord.
On Monday, April 15, the Oikonomos of the Annunciation Monastery in Ormylia, Elder Serapion of Simonos Petra monastery, reposed in the Lord. Elder Serapion has been battling over the past years with cancer with patience and humility. The funeral will be held tomorrow on Tuesday, April 16. (View the complete article with image at the link above)
 
Romfea News, Athens, April 23, 2019, Monastery of Esphigmenou: We sympathize with the relatives of the victims in Sri Lanka.
An announcement on the latest attacks on churches on Easter Day in Sri Lanka was issued by the Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou. (View the complete article with image at the link above)
 
Romfea News, Athens, April 22, 2019, Athonite Community: Is there an ongoing effort to abolish the values of the Orthodox Greeks?
The Holy Community of Mount Athos sent a letter to Minister of Justice Michael Kalogirou and MPs regarding the revision of the Penal Code. (View the complete article with image at the link above)
 
Romfea News, Athens, April 18, 2019, 17-year sentence for Molotov cocktail attack in the Esphigmenou monastery.
17 years’ imprisonment and a fine of EUR 600. This is the ruling of the Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Thessaloniki to the instigators and perpetrators of the Molotov cocktails attack in July 2013, against riot police, in the buildings of the Esphigmenou monastery in Mount Athos. (Read the complete article at the link above)
 
Orthodox Christianity, Mount Athos, April 17, 2019, SCHISMATIC ESPHIGMENOU BROTHERHOOD SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AGAINST THE STATE.
The monks inhabiting the buildings of Esphigmenou Monastery, one of the 20 ruling monasteries on Mt. Athos, considered squatters by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Sacred Community of Mt. Athos, were sentenced to 6-months imprisonment with a 3-year suspension for fraud against the state, according to a recent announcement from the New Esphigmenou Brotherhood, reports Romfea. (Read the complete article at the link above)
 
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: Romfea.gr, 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
 

 

 


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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.
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