A pre-schism church in Italy is returned to the Orthodox Church

Monastery of Saint John the HarvesterBucharest — It was announced this summer that after hundreds of years a former Greek monastery in Calabria in the south of Italy has been returned to the Orthodox Church, specifically to the Local Church of Romania. The Monastery of Saint John the Harvester (San Giovanni Theristis), a well-known Orthodox saint who lived there some 1,000 years ago, is in the town of Bivongi. Some 60,000 Romanian Orthodox now live in the region and since July 2008 they have been able to use this church, which was built at the end of the tenth century and which is a listed building.

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