Vandals desecrate Greek and Lebanese Orthodox Church section graves at New Dubbo Cemetery

Source: dailyliberal.com.au

Anna Sarantzouklis holds back tears as she looks in horror at her husband’s desecrated grave. 	Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

Anna Sarantzouklis holds back tears as she looks in horror at her husband’s desecrated grave. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN
One of the almost dozen graves which were desecrated. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

VANDALS desecrated almost a dozen graves in the New Dubbo Cemetery at the weekend, breaking off religious icons from headstones and smashing glass reliquaries.

The damage in two areas of the cemetery was discovered when families visited the graves of loved ones yesterday.

Police have begun investigating the attack and the Dubbo City Council’s director community service David Dwyer slammed it as a “pretty low act”.

Vandals scattered items from the graves in the grass near the two areas they struck – one general burial area near the centre of the cemetery and the Greek and Lebanese Orthodox Church section in a far corner.

One woman, who would only be identified by her first name Joina, said she received the biggest shock in her life on seeing her father’s tomb had been desecrated.

“This is bloody disgusting… very disturbing,” Joina said, choking back tears.

“How can you have the heart to do this?

“They (the vandals) won’t let anyone rest in peace. They have no morals. It’s terrible.”

A cross worth thousands of dollars was ripped off her father’s tomb and could not be found among other scattered grave items.

“I don’t think these people have a conscience because if they did they wouldn’t do this,” she said.

“We have enough grief to deal with. We don’t need this. This isn’t fair.”

She said the cemetery was a place of rest for loved ones and should be respected.

“How can you protect the dead from stupid people?” she said.

“Do you leave them in cages so you can protect their graves? Disgusting. Disgusting is all I can say.”

Joina said she had heard of grave desecration on the news but never thought it would happen in Dubbo.

“It happened to us today and I pray it will never happen to someone else” she said.

Anna Sarantzouklis struggled to understand why her husband Elias’s grave was targeted.

The vandals smashed the glass reliquary. Holy oil from Jerusalem was splashed on the grass. A cross with an icon of the Risen Christ on the headstone was broken into pieces and other reliquary contents were taken.

“Honestly I can’t believe it. What do they get out from it?” she said shaking her head.

“How can you explain this? They don’t have anything better to do? The cemetery is the last place I’d imagine vandals would come.”

Police arrived on the scene after repeated calls from families and found some items scattered at another desecrated grave.

Dubbo City Council’s director community services David Dwyer slammed the “pretty low act” of the vandals.

“To think someone came to the cemetery and desecrated the graves is disgusting… just senseless,” he said.

He called on the vandals to think of the consequences.

“Wake up to yourself. Look at the amount of distress and heartache you’ve caused loved ones,” he said.

Mr Dwyer said the council should look at security measures to keep vandals out.

Orana Local Area Command Inspector Brad Johnston said police were investigating the vandalism and called on residents with information to contact the Dubbo Police Station.

The attack at the cemetery follows a spate of vandalism incidents at public sites in Dubbo in the past few months.

Three Migrants Missing as Boat Sinks in Greek-Turkish River

Source: Agence France Presse

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Three migrants were missing after their boat sank in the Evros river separating northeast Greece and Turkey, Greek police said Sunday.

The boat, which sank Saturday, was one of two plastic vessels carrying at least 18 migrants, police said.

Fifteen people, including 13 Afghans, an Algerian and a Syrian, were found safe and sound, but an Afghan, an Iraqi and a Pakistani remain missing.

Greece is a main port of entry into the European Union for migrants and refugees fleeing war-torn or impoverished countries in Africa and the Middle East.

But the sea journey is perilous and many drown in their bid to reach Greek territory.

Just two weeks ago, 12 migrants including four children perished when their boat capsized off a small Greek town on the Ionian Sea.

‘Time to make Greek landlords pay’: finance minister

Source: breitbart

Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras vowed Sunday to press on with a controversial plan to raise property taxes on large estates, saying “the time has come to make the landlords pay”.

In exchange for billions in bailout loans, Greece’s coalition government has been imposing a series of draconian reforms, including spending cuts and higher tax levies.

Discussions with its creditors are to resume this week over a new batch of reforms due to be undertaken — including the plan to raise property tax on estates worth more than 300,000 euros ($400,000).

The proposed levy has sparked a rebellion among coalition lawmakers, including members of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy party.

But in an interview with Sunday newspaper To Vima, Stournaras signalled his determination to push through the measure.

“The time has come to make the ‘landlords’ of Ekali pay,” Stournaras told the newspaper, in reference to a chic Athens suburb.

The finance ministry hopes to obtain 2.6 billion euros from the tax measure, To Vima reported.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew keen on January move for Greek ace

Source: footballfancast

Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is considering a January move for Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Magpies boss is thought to be planning for life without star centre-back, and club captain, Fabricio Coloccini, who has been chasing a switch back to his homeland for some time.

The Argentine recently spoke of his desire to leave Tyneside, and is thought to be looking to join San Lorenzo either this winter or at the end of the season.

Pardew wants to keep the big-haired enforcer, but is aware that there is little he can do in the long-term.

As a result, he is lining up replacements, with Manolas believed to be close to the top of his wish list.

The 22-year-old has been one of the stars of Greek football for some time, and recently helped his nation book their spot in the World Cup with a play-off victory over Romania.

Newcastle are likely to have to pay around £3m for his signature, with Olympiakos unlikely to be able to turn down a significant offer due to the financial worries gripping football in Greece.

Tottenham, Sunderland and Fulham have all previously been linked with Manolas, and may revive their interest next month.

Google doodle celebrates Greek soprano Maria Callas’ 90th birth anniversary

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Maria Callas.

Maria Callas. – Getty Images

Google on Monday marked the 90th birth anniversary of iconic Greek soprano Maria Callas with a doodle.

The doodle features the legendary opera singer performing on stage with the word google carved in the walls of the theatre in the background.

Callas, who was born to Greek parents on December 2, 1923, in New York, started her career with Boccaccio for the Royal Opera of Athens in early 1940s.

She made her Italian opera debut in 1947 at Verona Arena and went on to be considered as the greatest Soprano of all times.

While Callas saw stupendous success in her career, her personal life was a tragic one.

Her unhappy childhood cast a shadow over her relationship with her mother. She had an affair with shipping baron  Aristotle Onassis, married him after divorcing her husband Giovanni Meneghini, only to lose him to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of John F Kennedy.

Though her vocal talent was not considered classic enough, her persona added another dimension to her performances.

Describing Callas’ voice, Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini described said, “It is very difficult to speak of the voice of Callas. Her voice was a very special instrument. Something happens sometimes with string instruments—violin, viola, cello—where the first moment you listen to the sound of this instrument, the first feeling is a bit strange sometimes. But after just a few minutes, when you get used to, when you become friends with this kind of sound, then the sound becomes a magical quality. This was Callas.

Apart from controversies surrounding her singing abilities, her  rivalry with the classically-styled soprano Renata Tebaldi was another point that dominated her singing career.

Callas, who spent her last years in isolation in Paris, died at 53 on September 16, 1977, due to a heart attack.

Callas was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

She was also voted the greatest soprano of all time by BBC Music Magazine in the same year.

Ο πρώτος του 20ου αιώνα Άγιος ανακηρύχθηκε ο Γέροντας Πορφύριος ο Καυσοκαλυβίτης

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Άγιος ανακηρύχθηκε ο Γέροντας Πορφύριος ο Καυσοκαλυβίτης

Κωνσταντινούπουλη: Εικοσι-δύο χρόνια από την κοίμηση του Γέροντος Πορφυρίου του Καυσοκαλυβίτη η Ιερά Σύνοδος του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου υπό τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίο, αποφάσισε χθες την αναγραφή του στο Αγιολόγιο της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας. Η Συνοδική απόφαση ορίζει ότι η μνήμη του Οσίου Γέροντος Πορφυρίου του Καυσοκαλυβίτη θα τιμάται από την Εκκλησία στις 2 Δεκεμβρίου, ημέρα της κοιμήσεώς του.

Η Σύνοδος του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου αγιοκατάταξε χθες και τον όσιο Μελέτιο τον Ρόδιο, ο οποίος έζησε στα χρόνια της Τουρκοκρατίας.

Ο Μητροπολίτης Φιλαδελφείας Μελίτων, μέλος της Κανονικής Επιτροπής του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου, η οποία έκανε στην Ιερά Σύνοδο τις εισηγήσεις για τις αγιοκατατάξεις, δήλωσε στον «Φ» ότι το βασικό κριτήριο για την αγιοκατάταξη του Γέροντος  Πορφυρίου ήταν η συνείδηση του πληρώματος της Εκκλησίας σε όλο τον ορθόδοξο κόσμο. Πρόκειται, τόνισε, περί αληθώς μεγάλου Αγίου.

Τον Γέροντα Πορφύριο γνώρισε το 1981, όταν ήταν φοιτητής στην Αθήνα, ο Μητροπολίτης Μόρφου Νεόφυτος. Ο Γέρων Πορφύριος τον καθοδήγησε σε έναν άλλο Γέροντα, τον μακαριστό Ιάκωβο Τσαλίκη, ηγούμενο τότε της μονής του Οσίου Δαβίδ στην Εύβοια. Ο Μόρφου Νεόφυτος διατήρησε, όπως μας είπε, ζωντανή σχέση με τον Γέροντα Πορφύριο μέχρι την κοίμησή του, η οποία συνεχίζεται ώς σήμερα «εν ετέρα μορφή».

Για τη σημασία της αγιοκατάταξης, ο Μόρφου δήλωσε στον «Φ»: «Μέσα σε συνθήκες πνευματικής κρίσης με όλα τα επιγενόμενα αυτής σε όλο τον ελληνισμό και σε όλο τον κόσμο το σοφό Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο μας ανήγγειλε “δεύτε λάβετε φως εκ του ανεσπέρου φωτός” και η λαμπάδα είναι η αεί καιομένη του Οσίου Πατρός ημών Πορφυρίου του διορατικού και συμπαντικού επιστήμονος».

Σύμφωνα με τον κ. Νεόφυτο, ο Γέροντας Πορφύριος και οι άλλοι σύγχρονοι Γέροντες, Ιάκωβος, Παΐσιος, Ευμένιος «ποτέ δεν καλλιέργησαν τον γεροντισμό. Αυτό είναι φαινόμενο που ακολούθησε την εκδημία τους από ανθρώπους, οι οποίοι ήθελαν να τους μιμηθούν, χωρίς να έχουν τις πνευματικές προϋποθέσεις».

Επίσης, ο Μόρφου Νεόφυτος σημείωσε ότι ο Γέροντας Πορφύριος είχε γνώση όλου του κόσμου και αποδεχόταν όλες τις τεχνολογίες της σύγχρονης επιστήμης.

«Δεν ήταν», μας είπε, «ο Γέροντας του άσπρου και του μαύρου» και το κυριότερο τον προσέγγιζαν όλων των ειδών άνθρωποι, ιδιαιτέρως οι άνθρωποι της αμαρτίας και των ακροτήτων, τους οποίους παρηγορούσε και τους οδηγούσε σε μετάνοια και εκκλησιαστική ζωή. Είναι πολύ σημαντικό, επεσήμανε,  ότι ο Γέροντας Πορφύριος 30 χρόνια της ζωής του τα έζησε στην πιο αμαρτωλή περιοχή των Αθηνών, την Ομόνοια.