Cathedral and church vandalized in Greece (+ VIDEO)

Thessaloniki and Trikala, Greece, February 19, 2020     

Two young men have been arrested and charged with vandalism at the Saint Gregory Palamas Holy Metropolitan Church in Thessaloniki.

The incident occurred around 3:30 AM when the 24 and 22-year-olds splattered paint and scattered flyers at the busts in the Metropolitan Courtyard, reports Vima Orthodoxias.

The young men, members of the Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative, acted in protest against “obscurantism and nationalism.”

The news report below shows the extent of the damage:

Meanwhile, the Church of St. Stephen in Trikala, Greece, was also heavily vandalized with graffiti, reports


The current church building dates to 1896. The historic Church of St. Stephen is where St. Ephraim of Nea Makri was baptized.

The graffiti includes an anarchy symbol and the words, “No Gods.”

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Ourania Desipris2/22/2020 12:32 pm
It is terrible when people do these things. No one forces you to believe or not this accomplishes nothing.So the question remains "why do this?"
Fr William Bauer2/20/2020 3:19 am
The vandals WANT news on this, and that may be a reason that the graffiti is in English.
J. K. 2/19/2020 9:20 pm
If St. Ephraim was baptized there, the church must be far older than 1896. He was born in the 1300's.
Svitlana Chaykivska 2/19/2020 8:06 pm
For seventy years communists did exactly the same thing closing, destroying, rearranging churches to clubs, warehouses etc. stamping feet on holy icons kicking students from collage because they got matrimony at the church, I witnessed one of this situation while being in college. As we all know God creates the world so everything comes from God and goes back. The church teach nothing wrong and Moses got Ten Commandments to keep it unfortunately human betray and doing own way. Prayers and blessings be with you at this difficult time. Nothing will be forgotten or hidden in front of God . Quick recovery and best wishes in future.
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