Arch­bishop Ierony­mos op­poses sep­a­ra­tion

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Arch­bishop Ierony­mos has said that sep­a­rat­ing Greece’s Or­tho­dox Church from the state would be “hor­ror.” Speak­ing yes­ter­day dur­ing an event at po­lice head­quar­ters in Thes­sa­loniki, north­ern Greece, Ierony­mos said it was im­por­tant to main­tain the re­la­tion­ship “at a time when in­sti­tu­tions are be­ing rocked to their foun­da­tions.” “It’s hor­ror to think that there could be a time when we could be sep­a­rated, or be against one an­other, or not to be all to­gether work­ing in the same vine­yard.” In what was widely in­ter­preted as a sym­bolic vic­tory for the Church, Nikos Filis, who as ed­u­ca­tion and re­li­gious af­fairs min­is­ter had re­peat­edly clashed with Ierony­mos on a range of is­sues, was ear­lier this month re­moved from the SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment. As an op­po­si­tion party, SYRIZA had re­peat­edly called for sep­a­ra­tion of Church and state.

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