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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 January 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016 9 NEWS IVF in Greece giving life to thousands of Aussie babies CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Volos, Ioannina and Patras, bringing infertility treatment closer to patients outside of the capital. After examining thousands of couples throughout the years, Dr Pantos says there's no denying infertility issues are becoming more common. "This is due to the different priorities of both the man and the woman; people these days often hold off on starting a family, thereby reducing their chance of fertility with age - especially women," he explains. But it's not just women who are against the clock. "In recent years we have seen increased fertility problems in men too, mainly because of modern and sedentary lifestyles, pesticides that go into the food we consume and environmental pollution." He says fewer people viewing the IVF process as unnatural, but rather see it as a facilitation of the reproductive process. A symbol of peace formed by refugee life jackets Created by activists and volunteers in Lesbos as a message for the New Year Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières - MSF) volunteers teamed up in Lesbos on New Year's Day, sending a message of peace to the world. Using a pile of life jackets, discarded by refugees arriving on the island, they created a massive, bright orange peace sign on a hillside on the Greek island overlooking the small strait between Greece and Turkey that has become a main passageway for those fleeing to Europe. The transformation of the pile of life jackets into the universal sign took the joined effort of dozens of Greenpeace and MSF volunteers. Made up of more than 3,000 life jackets, the sign is a way to honour those who have made the journey and to urge peace in the new year, according to Greenpeace. Those involved in the project are calling for safe passage to those fleeing war, poverty and oppression. Priest’s photo stirs debate CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Terry Mplios from Melbourne also made his disapproval clear, proclaiming "look at the pagan in all his glory ... I can't see his other hand ..." While Melburnian Helen Pentaris labelled Father Eleftherios a "raunchy priest", Petros Kalomoiris from Greece directed his comments at the priest himself with words of advice: "Father Eleftherios, a bit of dignity next year wouldn't hurt." But the real question that seems to arise at the centre of the debate is not whether the image is appropriate, but rather how religious figures can remain relevant to the younger generation, particularly if they distance themselves from the realities of mainstream society. Sylvia Sirigos believes it is priests like Father Eleftherios that will keep the Greek Orthodox faith alive among younger churchgoers. "For those who find it of- fensive to see our priest just hanging with today's gen- eration, seriously there's something wrong with you!" wrote Ms Sirigos. "Then we wonder why so many young people don't go to church anymore! We want to encourage our youth to participate in our traditions, not shy them away with the minority ... who have some nasty ideas." A sentiment that emerges from many of the comments, is that what churchgoers seek from their religious leaders appears to have changed. A priest placed on a pedestal results in a figure who is felt to be unrelatable and hence unpopular, which is not the case with priests like Father Eleftherios. For Sydneysider Sandra Zozokos, the photo was refreshing, saying "it's about time the priests start acting like normal people", while John Ioannou PI from Balwyn North said "how wonderful it is to see our local priest with the youth of today. Thank God for a visionary priest". Cretans gathering in Melbourne The 37th National Convention of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand being held More than 300 Cretan diaspora visitors, representing associations from around Australia and New Zealand, have arrived in Melbourne for the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand 37th National Convention of the Oceania Region. Hosted by the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, in conjunction with the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, the six-day event features meetings, talks, tours, participation to the Epiphany celebration - and a series of joyous parties. The annual convention is an opportunity for members of the Cretan community to meet, discuss and collaborate on a range of important issues, but also to form new friendships and renew old ones. Hosted in rotating venues in Australia and New Zealand, it offers participants the opportunity to see many cities and landscapes around the two countries. With its vast Cretan population, Melbourne is one of the most popular destinations, and this year's event has attracted visitors not only from Australia and New Zealand, but from other countries; not least among them is the current president of the World Council of Cretans, Mr Emmanuel Velivasakis, from New York. A celebration of Cretan culture would not be complete without food, dance and music; a ‘Cretan Glendi’ is taking place tonight at the Cretan Village (90 Cathies lane, Wantirna South), with a performance by Giorgos & Nikos Stratakis, featuring Dimitris Zografakis. Anyone interested in partici- pating to this or other events of the annual meeting (which will conclude on Tuesday 12 January) can refer to the president of the Cretan Bortherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, Jim Papadimitriou on 0411 224 532 and the president of the Pancretan Association, John Nikolakakis, on 0413 440 033.
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