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Elite Priests Deployed for Olympic Spiritual Needs

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://tinyurl.com/6xygp Elite Priests Deployed for Olympic Spiritual Needs Mon Aug 2, 2004 10:08 AM ET ATHENS (Reuters) - Elite snipers, soldiers and
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      Elite Priests Deployed for Olympic Spiritual Needs
      Mon Aug 2, 2004 10:08 AM ET

      ATHENS (Reuters) - Elite snipers, soldiers and biochemical experts will
      keep athletes' bodies safe from harm during this month's Olympic Games, but
      for matters of the soul, elite priests from the Church of Greece are set to
      take over.

      The priests will be at Orthodox athletes' disposal at all times, with
      morning and evening services to be held at the Olympic village every day.

      Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Church of Greece, announced the
      plan during a service blessing the Greek Olympic and Paralympic team Sunday.

      "These priests are multilingual and speak either European or Slavic
      languages, they have been instructed specially and have on hand printed
      material in foreign languages for the athletes," church spokesman Father
      Epifanios Economou said Monday.

      "Not just any priest could do this work, they have to have special
      qualifications."

      The popular and often controversial Christodoulos has already issued
      "Olympic ten commandments," a 10-point letter to churches in the Greek
      capital telling priests to tidy up churches, ring bells sparingly and have
      brochures ready for tourists interested in the country's Orthodox heritage.
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