Throughout its long history Orthodoxy has been linked – or, better, infused – with ethnicity; and this for multiple reasons.
California born African American Sharia Sarantis, celebrity stylist and director of thriving business ‘The Braid Boss’ says “I would never have guessed I’d be Greek Orthodox and living in Australia with a thriving business!” Yet somehow, at 39 years of age, Sharia finds herself living in Sydney with her Greek Australian husband Sotiri, their two beautiful children and her 72 year old mother-in law. And she couldn’t be happier.
On December 1, as on the first day of every month, people flocked in droves to the wish-granting Greek Orthodox church ‘Ayin Biri Kilisesi’ in Constantinople to make wishes, in the hope that they will come true.
Another Christian girl was abducted by a Muslim in Pakistan’s Punjab province. 12-year-old Meerab Abbas…
“I will be visiting Greece and Cyprus in the first weekend of December,” Pope Francis told Argentinian news agency Telam during an interview on Friday.
Microsoft founder and the world’s fourth-richest person, Bill Gates, visited the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and Christian pilgrimage sites on the southwestern shores of Turkey with his super-luxury yacht on Friday.
After two emotional, career-redefining semi-final victories – and two dramatic, action-packed weeks in Paris – it will be 18-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic taking on Greece’s first major finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas for the Coupe des Mousquetaires crown at the Roland Garros tournament.
Two of the most important Christian churches in the world, the church of St. Peter in Rome and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, are known to have some very impressive crypts and catacombs and so it is not surprising that a similar “underworld system” might exist under Hagia Sophia.