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Debt crisis puts pressure on wealthy Orthodox church

Video by Catherine NORRIS TRENT , Alexia KEFALAS , Willy BRACCIANO

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-06-27

The wealthy Greek Orthodox Church is under pressure to do more to help the country while it struggles through a debilitating financial crisis.

As Greek faces a dire financial crisis and risks defaulting on its debt, many are calling on the Orthodox church to take less and give more.

The Greek Orthodox Church owns property worth some €700 billion – more than double the country’s national debt. And yet it is the struggling Greek state that pays the salaries and pensions of all the Orthodox clerics in the country.

 

Date created : 2011-06-27

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