December 2005 = H. Eminence Metropolitan Efthimios.

  • Metropolitan Efthimios undergo a scheduled operation of his leg in Salonica. The operation was successful and H. Eminence Efthimios passed the after-operation and recovery period in the Bishop’s residence where he was visited almost by all of the Archpriests and clergymen of our Church.

November 2005 = The new Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Athanassios.

  • The Archimadrite Athanassios Vafeadis was elected new Abbot of the H. Monastery of Saint Athanassios the Meteoritis in Anedro of Fthiotida.  As we know the H. Monastery of Saint Athanassios was founded by H. Eminence Metropolitan Kallinikos of Fthiotida which was until now the abbot of the Monastery until he resigned because of old age. The Monastery numbers 7 monks from which the current Abbot was one of the oldest. The enthronement of the new Abbot, took place at Sunday of Septuagesima.

October 2005 = The Exarchate of Balkan countries.

  • During Holy Synod’s meeting of the month October, was also discussed the undertaking of Bulgaria’s Exarchate, a subject which had been raised by His Eminence Metropolitan Efthimios of Salonica. Holy Synod according to the agreed new region arrangement of Europe decided to unify the Balkan countries exarchates (with the exception of Greece) under his Eminence Metropolitan Christophoros, whom ceased being the Exarch of Romania and became the Exarch of Balkan countries.

September 2005 = New Synodical Period.

  • On Thursday, 2/15 September, began the new synodal period of our Church. After the customary Agiasmos, the Sacred Synod went to the conference hall. His Beatitude, the archbishop, in a short speech wished the members of the Sacred Synod a fine synodal period with fruitful spiritual labors. Present along with His Beatitude Makarios were also Their Eminences Kallinikos of Fthiotida, Efthimios of Thessalonica, Christoforos of Mesogeas and the representative archimandrites of Their Eminences Philaret of France, Angelos of Avlona and Ambrosios of Filippon.

September 2005 = Missionary News.

  • With much joy we were informed that the Sacred Synod undertook spiritual activities in Cyprus. The Sacred Synod made this decision after interest was expressed some time ago from our Cypriot brothers. The presence of our Church in Cyprus today consists of two temples and three priests. Metr. Efthimios of Thessalonica was appointed Locum Tenens of Cyprus.

September 2005 = Locum Tenets.

  • During the first meeting of the Sacred Synod, Metr. Efthimios of Thessalonica was relieved as Locum Tenens of Central Europe and Bulgaria. The previous positions Locum Tenens of West Europe and Central Europe become united and is appointed to his Eminence Metr. Philaret of France.

August 2005 = New appendices of our Church in Great Britain.

  • According to our information from the Locum Tenens of Europe, two new temples in Britain with a priest and a deacon joined our Church. Their reception was blessed by His Eminence Metr. Philaret of France.

August 2005 = Colorado scandal.

  • The case of the Sub deacon Nathaniel Kapner, monk of the Skete “Dormition of Theotokos” in Colorado, USA, shocked the Orthodox world. We do not make any judgement about the case since we are unfamiliar with the depth of the facts. The only thing we express is our sorrow. Because in this case the name of His Eminence Metr. Angelos of Avlona was involved we are obliged to inform our readers that Metr. Angelos stated full ignorance concerning the scenarios that implicate him with Fr. Gregory and denounced them as false. (See Documents)

July 2005 = New persecution of G.O.C.

  • Turmoil and anger was created in the circles of the Genuine Orthodox Christians because of the new maligned situation which has arisen. The G.O.C. of Greece after the long term fights, persecutions and extortions they have endured, had managed to enjoy their spiritual freedom and the acceptance of their holy mysteries by the state. Unfortunately, the conditions are being returning at the period of the persecutions (1950), with only difference that this days’ persecutor of G.O.C. is not the Newcalendar Church but the Synod of Chrysostom Kiousis! We don’t know what types of actions have taken place, and obviously what type of arrangements between the Synod of Kiousis and the State had happened. The results though, are that some registrar clerks have been ordered, not to put in their municipality records the mysteries of G.O.C. by questioning their validity, with the exception of those being performed by the priests of Archbishop Chrysostom Kiousis.

  • Naturaly the rest of G.O.C. jurisdictions started having problems. This is confirmed from the ecclesiastical jurisdictions of Matheites (of five), of Archbishop Makarios and Bishop Cyprianos, whom were found astound, after many years, in front of this unexpected situation. In the beginning, everyone, was under the impression that it was the revival of a new persecution on behalf of the Newcalendarists. When they asked for explanations from the state offices they found that the new adventures of G.O.C. were created by the G.O.C!

Anyone we asked expressed his sorrow, and in the final account they expressed the same conclusion: “The G.O.C. being persecuted by the ecumenists we understand, being persecuted by the G.O.C. is unthinkable.”

  • We need to underline that the G.O.C. of Greece, since almost the beginning of their contrast with the ecclesiastical innovation of the New Calendar, have been divided in several ecclesiastical jurisdictions. Many times they have united and many times divided. Never though, besides their differences and fights that had between them, any of them dared to use the state to dominate over the other.

July 2005 = Disruption in the Matwewites

  • As it was published in the magazine”Orthodoxos Pnoi” (Orthodox breath) of the Metropolis of Mesogeas and Lavreotikis, Metr. Kirikos stopped his ecclesiastical communion with his synod, for ecclesiastical reasons, as he expressed. Against the actions of Metr. Kirikos, the Synod (of Archb. Nikolaos) reacted immediately by rendering him forfeited of his Metropolis and by imposing him the penalty of Argia (idleness). Metr. Kirikos is followed by a small party of priests.