Monks sen­tenced.

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In a rul­ing pub­lished at mid­night on Fri­day, a Thes­sa­loniki court or­dered the in­car­cer­a­tion of two monks from the semi-au­ton­o­mous monas­tic com­mu­nity on Mount Athos. The two monks are from the Esphig­me­nou Monat­sery, which has been in­volved in a years-old dis­pute with the spir­i­tual leader of the world’s Ortho­dox Chris­tians, Ec­u­meni­cal Pa­tri­arch Vartholo­maios, and whose monks have de­fied court orders to leave the monastery and al­low church-ap­pointed re­place­ments to take over the site. The two monks were found guilty of throw­ing Molo­tov cock­tails at court-ap­pointed bailiffs who at­tempted to ex­e­cute an evic­tion or­der at the monastery’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices in Karyes in July 2013.

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