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2193 – Lockdown Athos extended until February 28 2021

The monastic community of Mount Athos announced on Friday it will extend a ban on visitors or pilgrims until February 28, as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, staff or other essential visitors will be tested for the … Continue reading

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2182 – Sad news: Monk Epifanios of Mylopotamos has died today

Monk, Cook, Winemaker. Rest in Peace. Wim and Herman Voogd

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2181- review of a new Athos book: Encounters on the Holy Mountain – the story of the “Athos” virus

While many of us and the world around us suffer under the terrible consequences of the Covid-19 virus, I am happy to give you some good news. In these hard times I have been reading a book with stories that … Continue reading

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2176 – 30 years FoMA: a promising new Athos book is published!

Already one month ago a reader of our weblog Bart Janssens announced that the publication of a new book could be expected soon (see his comment in ‘About’). He described it as a beautiful new book with stories, testimonies and … Continue reading

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2171 – earthquake on Athos September 27th

Today, Sunday 27/9, a powerful earthquake was felt by the monks on the Agion Oros in the early morning, during the service called “agripnía”. The quake took place about 20 kilometers southwest of Athos and measured 5.2 on the Richter … Continue reading

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2169 – Corona update Athos 24th of September (update 30/9)

Since our last post from August 6th in 2160 there was no news from Athos, concerning the pandemic. But two days ago Romfea.gr reported that an outbreak of Covid-19 occured in the Agiou Paulou monastery (in English read more here). … Continue reading

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2162 – Zoom meeting for children with elder Ephraim of Vatopedi

In these special “Corona”-times even monasteries on the Holy Mountain adapt to the modern ways of communication. The online magazine Pemptousia is organizing tomorrow, on Saturday 22 August from 10 am to 12.30 pm a “3rd internet meeting (in Greek) … Continue reading

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2160 – the coronavirus is once again troubling Athos

While everywhere in the world the amount of corona infections is on the rise again, also more measures against the spreading of the virus are being taken on Athos, so tells us Othodoxtimes on August 6th: At Mount Athos only … Continue reading

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2158 – news about the struggle between the two parties of Esfigmenou monastery

The news arrived that on July 8th the Greek Surpreme Court has finally settled legal issue surrounding the schismatic brotherhood of Esfigmenou monastery on Athos, known for its “Orthodoxy or Death” banners. The Court rejected the appeal filed by the … Continue reading

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2150 – Athos reopens its borders for 60 pilgrims and allows hiking again

Yesterday the news arrived at this site that from now on the Pilgrim’s Office will issue a total of 60 diamoniterion’s a day to pilgrims and up to 20 visitors and pilgrims per day will be allowed to visit each … Continue reading

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