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Economic crisis threatens Greek Orthodox Church

Catholic World News - April 23, 2012

Six decades ago, the Greek Orthodox Church turned over most of its property to the state in exchange for government payment of priests’ salaries. Now, as a result of economic austerity measures, the government is cutting priests’ salaries, and Reuters reports that “Athens will also fund only one new priest to replace every 10 who retire or die, causing shortages in remote parishes during a deep recession when the flock most needs help.”

“The crisis does not only affect our charities’ functioning, it also threatens their very existence,” said Bishop Efstathios of Sparta.

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