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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 Epistasia which took office in June 1, 2014 consists of:
Geron Symeon of Dionysiou, protepistatis (γέρων Συμεών Διονυσιάτης, Πρωτεπιστάτης)
Geron Efthymios of Zographou Monastery (Ευθύμιος της Μονής Ζωγράφου)
Hieromonk Kyrion of Panteleimon Monastery (ιερομόναχος Κυρίων της Μονής Αγίου Παντελεήμονος-Ρωσικού)
Geron Efrem of Konstamonitou Monastery (γέρων Εφραίμ της Μονής Κωνσταμονίτου)

News Reports for 2015

March 2, 2015. Vatopedi Monastery Land Swap Trial Adjourned Until March 23.
This report explains the charges ("breach of trust" and "making false declarations") being brought against Vatopedi Abbot, Ephraim and the others who stand accused in what has come to be known as the Vatopedi Monastery land swap scandal. The state is seeking damages of 234 million euros.
January 13, 2015. Elder Paisios is Officially Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
"It was announced this morning that the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has officially numbered Elder Paisios the Athonite among the saints of the Church...." (Following the announcement are the sacred services and hymns for Saint Paisios the Athonite )
Ongoing news articles for 2015 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.