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November 22, 2010

Turmoil In Kalymnos Over "Sacred" Slipper

November 22, 2010

Turmoil prevails in Kalymnos over charlatans who are walking around the island to peoples homes, on the streets and in the squares carrying a box in which they say is a "slipper" which belongs to a Saint.

These crooks ask the faithful to venerate the "sacred" slipper leaving always a donation which ends up in their pocket.

Metropolitan Paisios of Kalymnos, Leros, and Astypalea took a position on this and asked the faithful not to be scandalized by those who play with God.

On this matter the Holy Diocese issued the following statement:

"From the Sacred Metropolis is announced that without its authorization there is wandering in homes, streets and squares of Kalymnos, a box within which is a supposed slipper of a saint to be venerated by the faithful.

This act excites the religious feelings and creates multiple comments by the faithful. Therefore, the Metropolis encourages the faithful to refrain from works and activities outside the Church which scandalizes the pious Kalymnian People."

Translated by John Sanidopoulos