Mt. Athos, October 13, 2023
According to the Greek outlet Romfea, the “desert” of Mt. Athos is sending an SOS signal, as ferry routes, mainly used to transport construction materials for the maintenance or repair of cells, churches, paths, etc., are becoming scarce.
In light of this issue, resident monks in remote areas such as Karoulia, Katounakia, Kavsokalyvia, Kerasia, etc., are unable to proceed with their work.
It should be noted that the existing ships or speedboats that serve these areas are smaller in size and often cannot approach due to the weather, or they lack the capacity to transport construction materials or tools. Even when they can, they may not have a safe approach to the anchorages during inclement weather.
We hope that the Holy Community will consider this issue with particular sensitivity, especially during the winter months when isolation due to weather phenomena is more intense, while the problems are real and growing.
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