President Pavlopoulos Lauds Role of Church of Greece

February 12, 2018

ATHENS – With the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA attacking the Church of Greece for opposing a Macedonia name giveaway to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – linking it with the extremist Golden Dawn, charged with neo-Nazism – President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has come to the defense.

Speaking in the town of Pyrgos in southern Greece, Pavlopoulos noted the Church’s role in preserving the country’s history and language during hundreds of years of occupations and being a bulwark against enemies, while Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has had shaky dealings and came to power wanting separation of Church and State.

“Whoever – whether religious or not – looks at history objectively, is obligated to recognize the role of the Church,” he said, adding that this “role was and continues to be decisive for the course of our people and nation through history,” Kathimerini reported.

A former education minister from SYRIZA also sought to have religions other than Greek Orthodoxy taught in schools and for religion to be taught in a secular fashion, but that led to his ouster as Tsipras, needing the Church as his popularity plummeted, forced him out.

Archbishop Ieronymos also agreed, after initially declining, to let clerics attend a protest rally opposed to government plans to let the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) keep the name Macedonia in a new composite.


SLOVIANSK, Ukraine — The echo of artillery shells thundering in the distance mingles with the din of people gathered around Sloviansk's public water pumps, piercing the uneasy quiet that smothers the nearly deserted streets of this eastern Ukrainian city.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Fragile Cease-Fire Between Israel, Gaza Militants Holding

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A fragile cease-fire deal to end nearly three days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza held into Monday morning — a sign the latest round of violence may have abated.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.