Greece Overrules Church, Orders Suspension of All Services to Battle Coronavirus


March 19, 2020


The Greek government overruled the powerful Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church and announced late on Monday that services in all places of worship, regardless of religion or dogma, are suspended until March 30.

The political leadership of the country decided to defy the Church after the Holy Synod refrained from explicitly shutting down the churches at a period when Greece tries to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

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