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General News of Mount Athos 2015

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Mount Athos Chronicle

The current civil governor of the Holy Mountain is
Aristos Kasmiroglou (Αρίστος Κασμίρογλου) (since April 26, 2010)
The members of the Epistasia for 2014-2015, who took office on June 1, 2014, are:
Geron Symeon of Dionysiou, protepistatis (γέρων Συμεών Διονυσιάτης, Πρωτεπιστάτης)
Geron Efthymios of Zographou Monastery (Ευθύμιος της Μονής Ζωγράφου)
Hieromonk Kyrion of Panteleimon Monastery (ιερομόναχος Κυρίων της Μονής Αγίου Παντελεήμονος-Ρωσικού)
Geron Efrem of Konstamonitou Monastery (γέρων Εφραίμ της Μονής Κωνσταμονίτου)

The members of the Epistasia for 2015-2016, who took office on June 1, 2015, are:
Geron Paul of the Megisti Lavra, protepistatis (ο Γέροντας Παύλος Λαυριώτης)
Monk Theoktistos of Docheiariou Monastery (Μοναχός Θεόκτιστος Δοχειαρίτης)
Hieromonk Grigorios of Xenophontos Monastery (Ιερομόναχος Γρηγόριος Ξενοφωντινός)
Hieromonk Gabriel of Esphigmenou Monastery (Ιερομόναχος Γαβριήλ Εσφιγμενίτης)

News Reports for 2015

March 2, 2015. Vatopedi Monastery Land Swap Trial Adjourned Until March 23.
This report explains the charges ("breach of trust" and "making false declarations") being brought against Vatopedi Abbot, Ephraim and the others who stand accused in what has come to be known as the Vatopedi Monastery land swap scandal. The state is seeking damages of 234 million euros.
January 13, 2015. Elder Paisios is Officially Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
"It was announced this morning that the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has officially numbered Elder Paisios the Athonite among the saints of the Church...." (Following the announcement are the sacred services and hymns for Saint Paisios the Athonite )
Ongoing news articles for 2015 will be reported here as they come to our attention.

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.