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16 February 2008



Good post. You do know the Orthodox Church is present in the form of a monastary in Calabria?



I had no idea. How long has it been there? Did you know that there are 20 Greek Orthodox monasteries in North America?


The Euceminical Patriarch visited the monastary a few years ago.

I am planning to go trekking there later this year.



Sounds like quite an adventure. Take plenty of photos and share them with us.


Fascinating. I would suspect that these communities were once more widespread in the region, and they have been largely ignored by historians because of their marginal social status.
My family is from northeastern Sicily, a region which kept its Greek language and Greek Orthodox traditions for centuries after the Norman conquest (Greek was still a common written language there until the 14th century, and probably persisted as a spoken language for even longer). The dialect of Sicilian spoken in the area has a lot of Greek words and Greek surnames are still common.
Amazing that this language has survived for almost 3000 years- through conquests by Romans and Normans, through the suppression of Greek Christianity by the Inquisition, and in spite of the harsh treatment of linguistic minorities and southerners in general by the post-Risorgimento Italian government.

Ernest Christopher Konstantine Pandolfi ()

I am Italo-Greek and I am an Orthodox Christian. Would love to see Southern Italy get back its identity again. As well as Greek Orthodoxy replacing Catholic Christianity. The Orthodox Church is way, way older then the Catholic Church. If you look at history it was the Catholic Church that broke from the Orthodox and then forced the Orthodox Christians of Southern Italy to be Roman Catholic. My English name is Ernest Christopher Konstantine Pandolfi. My Italian name is (Ernesto Cristoforo Costantino Pandolfi. And my greek name is (Ερνέστος Χριστοφορος Κωνσταντῖνος Παντουλφος)or Ernestos Cristophoros Konstantinos Pandulphos



There is an Italian saying which you are probably familiar with "Una faccia una razza" (one face, one race), I think it sums it up quite nicely. I am always amazed at how big the Greek world is.

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