Athens poverty ‘like 1945’ 3 January 2013
The Catholic Archbishop of Athens has said last Christmas in Greece resembled that of 1945, immediately following the end of the Second World War.
But Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos welcomed a "growing closeness" between the country's Catholic and Orthodox Churches under the impact of its economic crisis.
"After five years of recession, more than 20,000 people are homeless here, living on less than €20 monthly," said Archbishop Foskolos.
In a Vatican Radio interview, the archbishop said that he was grateful for the "solidarity and spirit of brotherhood" shown by Greece's predominant Orthodox Church.
"Many parishes, Orthodox and Catholic, are trying to help," said Archbishop Foskolos. "There's a more Christian spirit now. We are becoming more Christian as the Churches are brought together."
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