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Mt. Athos News -- Reportage on Current Events

FoMA's Athos News pages provide links to reportage of current news events involving Mt. Athos. Occasionally they may also provide translations of reportage in languages other than English, or links to translations.
The Friends of Mount Athos takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the reportage here listed; opinions expressed in this reportage do not represent the views of FoMA or its officers and executive board. (Please see disclaimers)

Here you will find links to reportage accessible on the Internet of events currently happening on the Holy Mountain.

For the most part, only news reportage is here listed; FoMA makes no systematic effort to keep up with reportage or "chatter" appearing in blogs, the social media, and private websites.

FoMA members are invited to contribute links to Athos news articles for inclusion on these pages.

Current and upcoming FoMA events are separately listed on our Events page.


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 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 2016

March 8, 2016, Pravoslavie RU Holy Community of Mt. Athos: “the Holy Mountain has become a thoroughfare!”
According to the Romfea Greek news agency, the representatives of the twenty monasteries are sounding an alarm because of the lack of security on Mt. Athos, following upon the illegal entry of the BBC2 film crew with their cameras and equipment at night to produce a recent documentary.
Ongoing news articles for the current year will be reported here as they come to our attention.

Current Announcements
The Friends of Mount Athos issues announcements on significant Athonite matters such as changes and developments in administrative and spiritual leadership on the Holy Mountain as they come to our attention.

Major Events & Ongoing Reportage:
The Vatopedi Land Exchange Affair and Arrest of Abbot Ephraim
Forest Fire on Mt. Athos

News of Related Interest
Reportage on Mount Athos & its Wider Influence, and on the Activities of FoMA or its Members

General News From Past Years:
2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |

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.