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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 April 2018
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Plans coming together for royal visit to Athens and Crete Prince Charles’ and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Greece is fast approaching, with the final touches being made to their program Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are set to make their official visit to Greece next month, and the program is coming together featuring a stay in the Greek capital and Crete. Scheduled to take place over two days on 9 and 10 May, the plans will see the couple pay their respects at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square. To follow, the Prince will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while the Duchess will visit the Kaisariani Monastery and a local shelter for women who have suffered abuse. The couple are then scheduled to head to Palaio Faliro where they will visit the armoured cruiser Georgios Averof and Olympias, a reconstruction of an an- cient Athenian trireme, followed by a tour of the Phaleron War Cemetery, where casualities of the Commonwealth who died during WWII and the Greek Civil War are buried. Following a jam-packed program, their first day will conclude with an official state banquet. On day two, the royals will head to Heraklio, Crete. There they will be given a guided tour of the Palace of Knossos, and have been invited to take part in a traditional Cretan glenti with food, drink, music and dance. Despite the couple visiting Greece a number of times for leisure, invited by Mr Pavlopoulos, it is their first official visit to the country, and the first official visit to be made by members of the British royal family since the 1950s. Greek Orthodox bishop involved in sex scandal Metropolitan Isichios of Capitolias in Jerusalem steps down from his duties, as videos surface of him engaging in sexual activity with trans woman Duchess of Cornwall Camilla and Prince Charles will make their first official visit to Greece next month. PHOTO: TOTAL TV Bishop Isichios of Capitolias in Jerusalem was asked to step down from his duties last week, as the Patriarchate of Jerusalem called for an investigation of allegations against him. The Metropolitan is involved in a sex scandal that surfaced after footage of him engaging in sexual activity with a transgender woman from Greece surfaced online. Afroditi Konstantinou, a former sex worker, claims that she had had an affair with the bishop that lasted more than five years. Accusing Isichios Kontogiannis of exploiting her feelings towards him and abusing her physically and mentally, Konstan- tinou posted the videos on her Facebook page, calling for Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem to fire him. These claims created a turmoil in the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, given that Isichios is one of the Patriarch's trusted bishops - and he had been instrumental in the uprising against former Patriarch Irineos and the installment of Theofilos. Details of the affair have been flooding Greek media since Konstantinou decided to go against her former lover. She has been posting photos taken in his home, as well as screenshots of their communication, both during the affair, as well as recent ones. In one such exchange, she's asking Isichios on his whereabouts, to receive a photo of him alongside Alexis Tsipras, during the Greek PM's visit to Jerusalem. In another, Isichios allegedly threatens her, writing that she will end up in jail. In a third, she's allegedly texting "I'm sorry that I loved a scum like you." Bishop Isichios has a history in Melbourne as well. In the early 1990s, the Metropolitan of Capitolias was invited to Melbourne by the defrocked priest Ierotheos Kourtesis, as a representative of the Jerusalem Patriarchate. Ierotheos had been engaged in a very public animosity Greek metal band arrested on terrorism charges Two members of Rotting Christ were held at Tbilisi, Georgia under suspicions of being Satanists Greek heavy metal band, Rotting Christ have found themselves in a debacle in Eastern Europe. Last week two members of the group, brothers Sakis and Themis Tolis, were arrested on terrorism charges upon their arrival to Tbilisi, Georgia, allegedly related to the band's name. According to front man Sakis, they were approach by police at the airport. "We had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were led into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'," Sakis said in a statement. "Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism." He says after being arrested, Rotting Christ band members and brothers, Sakis and Themis Tolis. PHOTO: VICE they were kept in a "small and rather dirty" cell without contact with a lawyer or even the Greek embassy for 12 hours. It took the efforts of their fel- low band members, which involved legal experts, journalists and activists to get them released, and in time for their show. "Luckily only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution," said Sakis. "We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. "In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!" against Archbishop Stylianos, and called for the Jerusalelm Patriarchate's intervention in the long-standing friction between the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Both Ierotheos and Isichios were accused by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew of interference in another jurisdiction and conspiracy against another church, namely the Ecumenical Patriarchate. During that time there had been many allegations of improper conduct on his part, a large number of which had been reported to Neos Kosmos without any of them becoming public.
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