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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 2014

Sept. 11, 2014, Nikoletta Kalmouki, Return of Byzantine Manuscript to Mount Athos.
"This illuminated New Testament, which was copied in 1133 by the scribe Theoktistos and can be stylistically associated with court art produced in Constantinople, is a masterpiece of Middle Byzantine art. We applaud the Getty for their responsiveness to this matter." (Statement by Panos Panagiotopoulos, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports)
Sept. 9, 2014, On Mount Athos a Monk Falls Into a Precipice While Hurrying to Aid Victims of an Accident.
Rescuers soon extracted the two wounded firefighters, who were immediately transported by helicopter to General Military Hospital 424 in Thessaloniki. The monk was found dead.
April 7, 2014, Los Angeles, AP. Getty Museum returns ancient manuscript to Greece.
The museum says it acquired a Byzantine New Testament manuscript as part of a collection.
Related Press Release from the Getty Trust
March 30, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, Costas Kantouris, AP, ABC News Dissident Greek Monks Complain of Persecution.
March 4, 2014, Pravoslavie RU. Patriarchate of Constantinople to Limit the Influx of Non-Greek Monks to Mount Athos.
January 13, 2014, Pravoslavie RU. Court Fines Journalist who Slandered Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi.
Ongoing news articles for 2014 will be reported here 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 Referring to Mt. Athos and its Wider Influence

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

Blogs, Weblogs and other internet Sources
Athos Weblog. Pictures and stories about the Holy Mountain

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.