The newly appointed abbot of Esphigmenou Monastery
The newly appointed abbot...
The newly appointed abbot of Esphigmenou Monastery on Mount Athos, whose
monks are locked in a dispute with the Orthodox Church, gestures during a
press conference in Athens yesterday. Chrysostomos, whom the Church
appointed earlier this year to replace Esphigmenou's rebel abbot, claimed
he was threatened by four masked men on Wednesday and sprayed in the face
with mace. About 100 monks at Esphigmenou have defied Church orders to
leave the monastery. Deputy Foreign Minister Panayiotis Skandalakis is to
visit Mount Athos by the end of January to help resolve the dispute.