The new year will bring “improved collaboration to guarantee the salaries of the clergy, streamline finances and the government’s social policy, Education, Research and Religions Minister Kostas Gavroglou said on Monday.
Following the traditional cutting of the New Year’s cake by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece at the Archdiocese, Gavroglou reiterated the archbishop’s message that “the homeland and the Church of Greece collaborate for the good” of the country.
The government is working with the Church of Greece on details of an agreement between Archbishop Ieronymos and the prime minister, the key issue of which relates the state turning over to the Church the responsibility of paying the clergy’s wages.
Asked on progress in the issue, Gavroglou said that “the agreement is a framework, and we are working on the details. We are absolutely certain that 2019 will be a year in which our relations with the Church will be further streamlined.” He added that Greek society has “strongly welcomed this historic agreement.”