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Nov 13, 2007, 2:52pm

Jan 2, 2008, 12:53pm

Trappists in SC getting out of the egg business after PETA went after them.,4670,MonksChickens,00.html

Edited: Jan 15, 2008, 9:42pm

Greek Orthodox monastery under seige by police:

Mar 27, 2008, 12:14pm

Aug 28, 2008, 9:35am

Jun 2, 2009, 10:27am

Monks embrace new technology to make money to run the monastery. Check out the

Feb 5, 2010, 9:26am

A hip hop monk is trying new recruiting techniques for buddhism. This is from the BBC's news of the odd. The monk is at the end so you may want to skip ahead.

Edited: Nov 30, 2010, 3:37pm

It appears that a group of Orthodox monks are under siege on Greece's Mt. Athos. They are apparently opposed to a reconciliation with the Catholic church and are refusing to be evicted.

Nov 30, 2010, 4:02pm

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That article is dated 2005, though it appears, from the link in message #3, that it was still going on last year.

Nov 30, 2010, 6:22pm

....and still going on today.

The brotherhood that has been ordered out by both civil and ecclesiastical courts is still in physical possession of the monastery. The link in msg 3 is to a site run by their supporters.

The legally recognized brotherhood, who have not been able to take possession of the monastery building, have a blog here (in Greek):

Nov 30, 2010, 6:57pm

It was running on the news this week that things are getting a bit testy.

Edited: Mar 17, 2011, 10:40am

Oh, dear. Tibetan monk's self-immolation, very hard to read.

Apr 19, 2011, 4:41pm

Aug 19, 2011, 1:12pm

Since I originally stumbled across this over in the Happy Heathens, I thought it must be a joke, but since it came out in the Guardian there must be something to it. This is what an irate Franciscan Friar can do for you for Bible stealing.

Aug 31, 2011, 12:55pm

China sentences two Tibetan monks to prison over the protest self-immolation of a third monk.

Edited: Sep 21, 2011, 9:33am

Benedictine "cowboy" monks in North Dakota are having to give up their cattle.

Jan 4, 2012, 3:35pm

Abbot jailed over land swap scandal
January 4, 2012

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek authorities on December 28 jailed the abbot of a 1,000-year-old Greek Orthodox monastery pending trial for his alleged key role in a land swap with the state that blew up into a major political scandal.

Investigators have said the deal was weighted in favor of Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece and cost taxpayers about euro 100 million ($131 million). Two ministers lost their jobs over the swap, which the conservative government canceled, acknowledging that it had hurt the public interest.

The scandal nonetheless contributed significantly to the conservatives’ 2009 general election defeat.

Abbot Efraim, 55, was led to Athens’ Korydallos prison after spending the night in the capital’s police headquarters, following a 370-mile journey from the Orthodox monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos.

A few dozen supporters shouted slogans outside the prison.

Efraim had been kept under guard in his monastery cell since Saturday, having been temporarily judged unfit to travel due to a high fever and a high blood sugar count. He will stand trial on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and making a false statement.

Fellow Christian Orthodox Russia waded into the fray on December 28, with the country’s Foreign Ministry criticizing the decision to jail Efraim.

“Bearing in mind the statement by Abbot Efraim of his willingness to cooperate with investigative organs and the condition of his health, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Greek judicial organs to keep him in custody pendingtrial, which doesn’t take into account the rulings and recommendations of the European Court of Human Rights,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

The abbot had escorted a Christian relic from the monastery’s collection to Russia in October, which millions of faithful in 15 Russian cities lined up to view. In Moscow, the queue to see the belt purportedly worn by the Virgin Mary stretched for 2.5 miles, and the wait was as long as 24 hours.

Greece’s Foreign Ministry rejected the criticism.

“Greece is a country ruled by the law that has a long democratic tradition and respect for human rights, where there is full respect for the independence of justice and a clear separation of powers,” ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said. “Onthese issues, Greece accepts no indications on how to act.”

On Tuesday night, several hundred monks, nuns and other demonstrators gathered outside a central court building to protest Efraim’s arrest.

No trial date has been set, and the abbot’s lawyers are expected to apply for his release. Under Greek law, suspects can be jailed for up to 18 months pending trial.

Greek politicians embroiled in the scandal will not stand trial, as parliament ruled this year that the statute of limitations – which is far more restrictive for members of parliament than for other citizens – had expired.

Vatopedi Monastery is a treasure hove of mediaeval artifacts and books. It has attracted large numbers of male guests, including Britain’s Prince Charles, who is a frequent visitor to Mount Athos.

Sep 13, 2012, 3:38pm

German monk on bike holiday accidentally consumes hallucinogenic berries.

May 17, 2013, 9:54am

I thought this might be of interest to this group, though not about monks. A 92 year old lady has recently passed away who was the last of the order of Beguines. This was the first I had ever heard of them. They were a lay order for women founded in the Middle Ages.

Aug 1, 2013, 6:44pm

>3 Proclus:, 10-12, 15

Saga of Esphigmenou monastery on Mt Athos, Greece, continues. Some Molotov cocktails may have been thrown:
or not:

Feb 28, 2020, 1:53pm

A stray dog wandered around into a monastery in Bolivia so they made him an honorary friar to encourage pet adoption.