x

Society

Vandalism, Attacks Against Religious Sites Fall in Greece – for 2019

ATHENS – Despite occasional headlines about attacks on religious sites and anti-semitic incidents, there were fewer in 2019 than the year before, said a report by Greece’s Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

There’s no data yet available for 2020 but for 2019 it showed there were 524 incidents compared to 590 in 2018, most of them ironically at Greek Orthodox Church sites along with at Jewish sites including cemeteries and other religions targeted.

The cases involved vandalism, burglaries, thefts, desecrations, robberies, and placement of explosive devices, etc) at Christian places of worship, with 504 at Orthodox churches and three at the Catholic Church, said Kathimerini.

Three involved the Pure Orthodox Christians and four against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, with only five related to Judaism and Islam of a racist or anti-Semitic nature.

“The annual publication of the report demonstrates that Greece has the know-how and the political will to gather and provide reliable, valid data that are necessary for the correct depiction and understanding of reality and the consequent elaboration of policies,” said Secretary General for Religious Affairs George Kalantzis in the report’s introductory note.

“The data (and especially the individual qualitative characteristics of the incidents) confirm that Greece, so far, is able to maintain religious peace and avoid religious controversies,” he added.

He said that the decline was due to the improving economic and social situation of Greece which was beginning to speed a slow recovery from a near decade-long financial and austerity crisis after New Democracy ousted the Radical Left SYRIZA, the Conservatives moving to stress religious tolerance.

RELATED

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution Thursday condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies "to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.

Top Stories

Church

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

Events

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

Society

NEW YORK – New research into Greek artifacts looted by the Nazis was highlighted in the New York Times on January 18 as “the topic of the Nazi role in antiquities looting is increasingly drawing attention, in part through the work of scholars who are peeling back the mysteries of what happened to the objects that were excavated or seized eight decades ago.

Video

SNF’s Health Initiative Will Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ATHENS - When we think about childhood injuries, we usually think of scratches, a few stitches, maybe even a broken bone.

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.