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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-22

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Holy Light to arrive Saturday afternoon
  • [02] Easter 'exodus' peaks
  • [03] Cycladic Art exhibition in Turkey
  • [04] PM, Medvedev phone contact
  • [05] Leaders' Easter destinations
  • [06] Arrivals up 0.6pct
  • [07] Callas costumes
  • [08] Church leaders' messages 

  • [01] Holy Light to arrive Saturday afternoon

    (ANA-MPA)-The Holy Light from the Holy Sepulchre Church of the Resurrection of Christ will arrive from Jerusalem on Saturday, in an annual Orthodox Easter ritual that brings the flame to worshippers around Greece.

    The Holy Light will arrive the day before Easter, at 6:30 p.m. at Athens' 'Eleftherios Venizelos' International Airport on a government executive flight, where it will be received with heads of state honors.(ANA-MPA)

    A Greek delegation, headed by deputy foreign minister Dimitris Dollis and comprising parliamentary representatives from ruling PASOK, main opposition New Democracy (ND) and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) parties, arrives in Jerusalem on Saturday morning to attend the ceremony of the lighting of the Holy Flame.(ANA-MPA)

    The Holy Light will then be given to the Greek and other delegations by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem.(ANA-MPA)

    After its arrival in Athens, the Holy Light will be conveyed on special flights by C-130 Airforce planes throughout Greece for the midnight Resurrection services.(ANA-MPA)

    Caption: File photo of the lighting of the Holy Light at the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Jerusalem. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Easter 'exodus' peaks

    The holidaymakers' 'exodus' from the urban centers for the Easter holiday peaked on Thursday and Friday.

    Traffic police throughout the country are on standby, while extra measures have been taken to facilitate excursionists.

    The Easter exodus is expected to be bigger than last year, despite the economic crisis, spurred by weather forecasts of better conditions than last year's, with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures.

    Bookings of trains, airplanes and ships have reached 90 percent capacity, not taking into account the last-minute travelers.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] Cycladic Art exhibition in Turkey

    (ANA-MPA)-The first-ever Cycladic Art exhibition in Turkey will take place in May, at the noted Sakip Sabanci Museum, with 68 artifacts that will travel to Turkey from Greece, on loan from the collections of the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art and the National Archaeological Museum.

    The artifacts, comprising Cycladic figurines, clay pots and marble and bronze items from the two Greek museums will make the journey to Istanbul following the recent approval by Greece's Central Archaeological Council (KAS).(ANA-MPA)

    This will be the first exhibition of Cycladic art ever held in Turkey, according to Cycladic Art Museum director Prof. Nicholas Stampolidis, who had the idea for the exhibition.(ANA-MPA)

    Stampolidis told ANA-MPA that the exhibition will cover the period from 3200 BC to 2600 BC, beginning from the Early Bronze Age (3200 BC), while another 200 artifacts from Turkey that will be on display, coming from Turkish state foundations such as the Archaeological Museums of Istanbul, Izmir and Troy, among others, will underline the similarities and differences between the two regions, both cultural and commercial, at the peak of the Cycladic civilisation in the 3rd millennium BC.(ANA-MPA)

    The exhibition, which will be inaugurated on May 23, will run through August 28.(ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [04] PM, Medvedev phone contact

    Prime minister George Papandreou had a telephone conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday morning, during which they discussed Greek-Russian relations and a potential visit by Medvedev to Greece.

    They further discussed international developments, and chiefly the developments in North Africa and the Middle East.

    The discussion focused particularly on the developments in Libya, on which Medvedev endorsed the Greek initiatives for finding a political solution.

    During the telephone call, held at Papandreou's initiative, the two leaders exchanged greetings for the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated in both countries.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [05] Leaders' Easter destinations

    Greece's state and political leaders will be celebrating Easter on Sunday in various parts of the country, in a brief respite from their duties and the problems faced daily.

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will go to Corfu on Sunday to celebrate Easter at the island's naval base.

    Prime minister George Papandreou will spend a few days on the island of Hydra, while main opposition New Democracy (ND0 leader will spend Easter in Nafplion.

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga is the only party leader who will spend Easter in Athens, while Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis will be in Atalanti and Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary coalition) leader Alexis Tsipras will head for Kavala.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [06] Arrivals up 0.6pct

    Non-resident arrivals from abroad rose by 0.6 percent in 2010, according to figures released by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

    ELSTAT said that, according to the Border Statistical Survey conducted by the Bank of Greece, in the period Jan-Dec 2010, arrivals of non-residents from abroad increased by 0.6%, as compared with the same period of the year 2009.

    Arrivals from Europe, which account for the majority of arrivals of non-residents to Greece (88.5%), registered a decrease of 2.4% in Jan-Dec 2010 as compared with the same period of 2009, while arrivals from the Member States of the European Union recorded a decrease of 6.3%.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [07] Callas costumes

    An exhibition of rare costumes worn by world-renowned Greek opera diva Maria Callas and her historical appearances at the La Scala opera house in Milan is on display in the ground-floor foyer of the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall.

    Titled "Maria Callas and La Scala", the exhibition features 20 unforgettable costumes worn by Callas at her La Scala appearances, which are being exhibited outside Italy for the first time, as well as photographs and audiovisual material, including original recordings, from Callas' performances at La Scala.

    The exhibition, which will run through May 8, is open to the public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [08] Church leaders' messages

    The leaders of the Orthodox Churches issued Easter messages calling for peace and love, and underlining the tragedies and injustices faced throughout the world.

    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece issued an Easter message referring to the unfavourable situation and the ordeal the country is experiencing while underlining that "each time our nation was on the verge of becoming debilitated was lifted up by the hope brought by the Resurrection."

    He also urged the faithful to be fearless when faced with injustice, illness, daily hardships, the economic crisis or insecurity for the future and become "people of Resurrection".

    The disaster in Japan, wars and terrorist acts which in combination with the economic crisis create a nightmarish global picture, were underlined in Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomews Easter message.

    He referred to the "arrogant human mind" that attempts to harness the immensely stronger forces of nature, noting that this attitude is directly linked with the "spiritual deviation of the human race". Faith in the Risen Christ forms the only path modern man should follow, the Ecumenical Patriarch underlined.

    Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem referred to the pastoral, philanthropic, social and peace-keeping work performed through the centuries by the Church in the Holy Land and wished to the faithful good health, prosperity and progress.

    Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa highlighted the social problems of abused women in Africa, human trafficking and illegal migration. He also referred to the recent incidents in Egypt that have changed the course of the countrys history.

    Patriarch Irinej of Serbia wished Happy Easter to all Christians, underlining that relations between peoples and individual human beings are being threatened by egoism, envy, violence and hatred.

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