Russian Orthodox Church Gathers Aid for Debt-Ridden Greece

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Bulgaria: Russian Orthodox Church Gathers Aid for Debt-Ridden Greece atriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill leads a Christmas service at Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, late January 6. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Russian Orthodox Church has started a solidarity aid campaign, gathering funds for fellow orthodox Greece, which has been plagued by a severe financial crisis.

Russian Patriarch Kirill has blessed the collection of donations in all orthodox churches across Russia.

Thursday Patriarch Kirill met with chair of Greek conservative party New Democracy Antonis Samaras and expressed the "deep compassion that Russians feel for the Greek people in this time of trial."

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church also praised the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Church in raising funds to help the most needy in Greece.

Kirill further assured that an extensive network is being established between Russian charity organizations and the Greek Orthodox Church to help alleviate the situation in the debt hit country.

Greece's debt is estimated at EUR 360 B, and fears that it might default are still rampant, in spite of two rescue plans implemented by the EU and IMF.

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DP - 29 Jan 2012 // 17:22:51


I suppose temujin was referring to the below mentioned period of the history of the Greeks. Balkan history is not as simple as some westerners Once upon a time there were the city states, then Rome took over, then the crusaders came, then the Ottomans took over and then...bla,blah,bla...Complicated stuff...And this does not include the proto Greeks, of course. :-)

"A distinct Greek political identity re-emerged in the 11th century in educated circles and became more forceful after the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, so that when the empire was revived in 1261, it became in many ways a Greek national state.[43] That new notion of nationhood engendered a deep interest in the classical past culminating in the ideas of the Neoplatonist philosopher Gemistus Pletho, who abandoned Christianity.[43] However, it was the combination of Orthodox Christianity with a specifically Greek identity that shaped the Greeks' notion of themselves in the empire's twilight years"

temujin - 29 Jan 2012 // 17:16:27

Viking, Salzburg was part of Bavaria back then. Othon tis Ellada von Salzburg correct?

viking - 28 Jan 2012 // 17:50:28

"Greek state is founded by a German man born in Bavaria"


Does explain the beer drinking and party time

temujin - 28 Jan 2012 // 17:09:11

Dino, the Greek state is founded by a German man born in Bavaria.

Dino the Athenian - 28 Jan 2012 // 14:53:03


If Germany is trying to create its first colony as you say, then they have chosen the wrong people for the wrong task.

Our distinct specialty is how to slice Germans in million pieces. Just watch.

temujin - 28 Jan 2012 // 10:11:56

Yeah you're right Sascha, Germany got Greece by the balls since its 'liberation' form the Turks it's got its German masters till today. Not much changed since. Now I read Germany demanding Greece to be the first EU country to lose sovereignty over it's state budget (!?) The first EU colony that is.

sa-sha - 27 Jan 2012 // 10:26:30

Free USA & Germany money? Well, it's not my competence. But "borrowings from
Russia".......This morning in the Church one bent, poorly dressed and obviously
not rich old woman (70plus, I think) replied ty my astonished glance: "Ну как же,
миленький, плохо же им сейчас " [~"добре, миленький, от една и съща лошо сега."]..... It is not the "borrowing". It is not from the pocket. It is from the soul.
That old woman' Soul is not Usurer. I'm proud that I'm the compatriot of that old woman. DIXI.

temujin - 27 Jan 2012 // 07:57:32

LOL Greece turning spiritual now. Well borrowing from Russia is not like free money you get from America or Germany.
Russians will take what belongs to them and then some more LOL.
My grand father used to tell me this often|en|Duguje%20kao%20Grcka.

sa-sha - 26 Jan 2012 // 19:12:05

...and "Russian Patriarch Kirill has blessed the collection of donations in all Orthodox
churches across Russia". God bless Kirill. God bless Greece. The soul tunes.

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