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Debt crisis puts pressure on wealthy Orthodox church

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

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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.

 

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