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Crisis affects churches

Amid Greece's economic crisis, "heavy taxation, high unemployment and all our other difficulties are fast-forwarding [churches] to collapse," said Dimitrios Boukis, general secretary of the Greek Evangelical Church.

Unlike the majority of Greek Orthodox churches, "we receive no state support," Boukis said, and "we're already short of pastors because we can't afford them."

Church income, he added, has fallen 30 to 40 percent each year, making it difficult to meet pension funding requirements.


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