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General News of Mount Athos 2012

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November 22, 2012, Greek Reporter. Mt. Athos Bureau Eyed for St. Petersburg
November 20, 2012, Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BELTA). Metropolitan Filaret presents church awards to Athos monks.
November 9, 2012, Markos Kampanis in Holy Mount Athos blog. (This blog, dedicated to "The Unique [Athonite] Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of the Modern World, publishes from time to time interesting articles on Mt. Athos) The tradition of printmaking on Mount Athos.
Be sure to click on the link at the end -- "Download Presentation - The Tradition of Athonite Printmaking" -- in order to see images of the prints discussed in the article. The presentation is a PDF that can be saved as a PDF on your computer.
October 28, 2012, Bulgarians Venerate the Miracle Working Icon from Mount Athos.
October 27, 2012, Bulgarians Pray for Job to Miracle Working Icon.
October 17, 2012, Terry Mattingly (TMatt), in's "Get Religion," (a blog serving as "a clearing house of information and opinion" and dedicated to uncovering and clarifying misperceptions and biases in journalistic reportage on religion.) A quick, shallow visit to Mount Athos.
A pointedly critical review of the October 11, 2012, article by Daniel Steinvorth, published by Spiegel Online International (see below).
October 15, 2012, Russian Orthodox Church Official Web Site of the Department for External Church Relations. Metropolitan Hilarion arrives in Athos.
October 14, 2012, Orthodox Christianity and the World. Metropolitan Hilarion Celebrates at the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos.
October 12, 2012, Christina Flora, Greek Reporter. Mt. Athos Draws More Pilgrims — Men Only.
October 11, 2012, Daniel Steinvorth, Spiegel Online International. Cloistered from the Crisis. Greeks Seek Solace in Mt. Athos Monasteries.
October 10, 2012, The Holy Mount Athos, World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations. Post-secular dialogue: Athos and experience of tradition actualization.
Summaries of presentations at the Conference. Here is an example:
Professor Theodore Giangou (Greece) from the University of Thessaloniki spoke about the impact that Athos canon has had on other monasteries. Athos abodes strengthened, becoming, in the 10th century, the third center of Byzantine Orthodoxy, along with St. Sabbas monasteries in Palestine and Studion monastery in Constantinople. The Athonite Hesychasm became an example for monks far beyond Holy Mount. Athos brotherhood headed the "formalization" of church and monastic tradition. This essential work involved the unification of services, preparation of books for religious services, elaboration of the canons, creating a set of rules of monastic life. Athonite "typicons" became a model for many new monasteries, including Russian. Athos monks themselves often went to Russia, creating monasteries there under their canon. Athos played a similar invaluable role for the Slavic world in general.
The report concludes with participants' ideas about making this international Athos Conference permanent and ongoing.
Oct 2, 2012, Tony Rossi, Hollywood, Jesus and the Monks of Mount Athos: A Conversation with Actor Jonathan Jackson.
Republished Nov. 2 in the Catholic Chronicle
Sept 27, 2012, The Holy Mount Athos, World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations. Mount Athos to be discussed at the Rhodes Forum.
Sept 24, 2012, Hieromonk Enoch, NFTU (Notes from the Underground). Greek Government Continues Siege of Esphigmenou.
An update on the Esphigmenou situation published by NFTU (Notes From the Underground), which describes itself as "a volunteer online news reporting service which, since 2004, has dealt with news and information about True (Traditional) Orthodox jurisdictions throughout the world as well as reporting on Ecumenism, the most prevalent and dangerous condemned heresy of the 20th century."
Sept 18, 2012, Dawn Foster, The Guardian ( One small step for womankind in an all-male Greek state. Mount Athos is a female-free monastic community. Can I take the plunge for feminism and breach the monks' peace?
August 27, 2012, KyivPost (source: Interfax-Ukraine). Yanukovych makes private visit to Greece.
August 26, 2012, Stella Tsolakidou, GreekReporter. Visiting Mount Athos, the Land of Monasteries.
August 13, 2012, eKathimerini. Georgian man injured on Mount Athos. (Attacked in Karyes).
July 29, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos. The Oldest Athonite Monk Has Reposed.
July 17, 2012, Albionfourthrome.blogspot. Moldovan, Transdniestrian Leaders Visit Mount Athos with Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan.
July 16, 2012, Interfax. Filat, Shevchuk to Mount Athos to pray at old monasteries.
The Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah
The Metropolitan Jonah is a greatly esteemed member and patron of the Friends of Mount Athos.

  July 9, 2012, Manya A. Brachear, The Chicago Tribune. Chicago native quits as leader of American Orthodox Church.
July 9, 2012, U.P.I.. U.S. Orthodox Church primate resigns.
July 9, 2012, Kevin Kallsen, Anglican Ink. Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington submits resignation. Longtime friend of ACNA Met. Jonah succumbs to internal pressures and resigns..
July 9, 2012, Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen..
July 9, 2012, Fr. Ted's Blog. Metropolitan Jonah Offers His Resignation..
July 9, 2012, NFTU. Notes from the Underground. OCA: Metropolitan Jonah Resigns: The OCA loses a decent accountant..
June 29, 2012, Mount Athos «Bonjour France» from Athos Area: TV crew captured sea images related with historical monuments for major French TV station.
June 19, 2012, Sedmitza.Ru. Meeting of the Oxford British charitable and educational society "Friends of Mount Athos" (in Russian).
English Translation:
A meeting of the British charitable educational society, The Friends of Mount Athos, was held in Oxford under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). (The Society) supports the well-being of the monasteries of Mount Athos and gives assistance to those making pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain. The meeting was attended by His Beattitude, Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), primate of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA), also a member of the society. Metropolitan Jonah participated in a session with a talk on Monasticism in the American Context. Other papers presented during the annual meeting were: The Monk and the Lady: Theophanes the Cretan's Iconography of the Annunciation and Athos , by Fr Maximos, a monk of Siumonopetra Monastery, and Georgia on My Mind: An Illustrated Presentation on the Monasteries of Georgia by Peter Lea.

After the event, Metropolitan Jonah, with the blessing of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, visited the Patriarchal Stavropegial Monastery of St John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights in Essex. England, founded in 1959 by Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov, a disciple of Fr Silouan of Athos. Metropolitan Jonah spent several days in prayerful solitude in the monastery, according to the OCA official website.

June 16, 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald (Traveller section). It's a man's world . . . ..
June 14, 2012, Orthodox Church in America. Metropolitan Jonah attends meeting of the Friends of Mount Athos in UK.. Posted also at Orthodox Christian Laity
June 4, 2012, The World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations. The Holy Mount Athos for the Modern World (Conference Announcement).
An International Conference "The Holy Mount Athos – the Unique Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Modern World" will be convened in Weimar (Germany) on June 23–26, 2012. The Conference will be held under the auspices of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" in continuation of the First Conference dedicated to the Holy Mount Athos held in Salzburg (Austria) in July, 2011 with participation of the Friends of Mount Athos international societies and Russian Orthodox Church Foundation in Germany. (more information is provided on the WPFDC web site.)
May 25, 2012, The Independent (Travel section). For men only: A pilgrimage to Mount Athos in Greece. .
On a secluded peninsula in north-east Greece lies an enclave that's way off the tourist map, especially for women. William Cook gains access to the monastic republic of Mount Athos.
May 18, 2012, Stamford Advocate. Orthodox theologian to visit Stamford church.
Informational excerpt from the article: "Maximos Constas, an American, graduated from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and was a professor at Harvard University before leaving in 2004 to join the Simonopetra Monastery. He has spent the past academic year at Holy Cross as a visiting professor."
Subject of the talk: "an informal discussion of classic ascetical spirituality."
May 16, 2012, ekathimerini. Mount Athos monks angry about taxation.
May 13, 2012, Gazetta Plus (Koinonia section). Dramatic Developments on Mount Athos.
Talk of secession on Mt. Athos. (in Greek; View English translation)
May 10, 2012, Holy Trinity Orthodox church of Little Rock, Arkansas Elder Paisios of Mount Athos (video lecture on the new book).
A talk given at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church (OCA), Atlanta, Georgia, May 10,2012, by Fr. Peter Heers, translator of the book, Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, now available in English. (See our Books page for 2012)
May 10, 2012, Mallory on Travel All Monks are not Equal - Mount Athos, Greece.
The report features Mylopotamos and Father Epiphanios, author of the best selling book, The Cuisine of the Holy Mountain Athos. (See our Books page for 2010)
May 7, 2012, Arab Orthodoxy (blogspot; source: Saidna News, in Arabic) Met. Ephrem Visits Mount Athos.
May 6, 2012, Moscow, Milena Faustova, RUVR (The Voice of Russia Radio) Old icon returns to Moscow convent.
This icon "was made for the Russian Tsar Alexey Romanov at the Iver monastery on Mount Athos in Greece in 1648."
May 4, 2012, Marianna Tsatsou, Greek Reporter. Holy Mountainís Monk To Cook for Romanians.
Monk Epifanios Mylopotaminos to be visiting master chef in one of Bucharestís most famous hotels.
April 24, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Mount Athos To Welcome Leader of the Anglican Church.
April 16, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Pascha On Mount Athos with Yannis Tsarouchis.
Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) was a famous painter in modern Greece who acquired a deep love for Orthodoxy and the arts the Church has produced through his mentor Photios Kontoglou. (photos and links; some text in Greek)
April 9, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Passion Week On Mount Athos.
Video viewable in your browser (in Greek). This news report was done by George Theoharis from the Greek Mega channel. It shows how monks and ascetics of Mt. Athos celebrate Holy Week.
Athens, April 7, 2012, The Economist (Greece and Russia; "from the print edition"). An orthodox friendship Russian tourists are pouring into Greece. Investors may follow.
April 3, 2012, Stella Tsolakidou, The Greek Reporter Contemporary Byzantine Icons Exhibition to be Presented in Trieste
The exhibition will feature 80 contemporary artworks created by Mount Athos monks.... All artworks are painted by the most prominent artists of iconography at the Nea Skiti monastery, which belongs to the St. Paul's Monastery. More information in the article.

March 13, 2012, Athos Weblog. Pictures and stories about the Holy Mountain Book: Mount Athos – Macedonia's Holy Land by Stathis Haritopoulos
In addition to this publication for a book of interest to FoMA's readership, the Weblog itself will be of interest for its extensive photographic and story entries, and convenient topical index, including the Athonite monasteries as topics.

March 15, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Vladimir Putin To Visit Mount Athos This Easter
March 12, 2012, EMG.RS (source: Tanjug) Serbian monasteries in Kosmet among 5 Mediterranean holies
The Serbian monasteries in Kosovo-Metohija were listed among the five most important holy sites of the Mediterranean along with Jerusalem, Mt. Athos, Mecca and Vatican, reads Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti on Friday.

February 15, 2012, USA Today Magnitude-5.1 quake rattles Greece
Report of an earthquake situated off the coast of Mt. Athos

February 14, 2012, Ingka Athanasiadou, GreekReporter Searching for Women on Mt. Athos: Insights from the Archives of the Holy Mountain
Report of a lecture presented at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, by Alice-Mary Talbot, Director of Byzantine Studies Emerita, Dumbarton Oaks, and reprinted from the ASCSA website (

February 8, 2012, Fani Toli, GreekReporter Mt. Athos Promoted as Major Tourism Destination in Brussels
January 25, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Professor Stylianos Papadopoulos Buried At Mount Athos
January 23, 2012, Fani Toli, GreekReporter Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow Warmly Welcomes Christian Icon from Mount Athos
January 19, 2012, Jeffrey Siger, Poisoned Pen Press There is a God
An independant perspective on the Vatopedi land swap affair from the author of the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis novels. His third novel, Prey on Patmos (Poisoned Pen Press, 2011), posited a Russian involvement in these affairs before the recent reportage documented it.
January 15, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos The Lepers of Mount Athos (1891)
January 14, 2012, Mystagogy. The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos Former Journalist Now An Ascetic On Mount Athos
Moscow, January 6, 2012, St. Andrew-the-First-Called Foundation announced a Christmas campaign in support of Igumen Ephraim (in Russian)
View English translation

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.