Orthodox priests to no longer be paid from budget

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed on this with the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, bbc.com reports.

Priests and bishops will no longer be considered civil servants. It is estimated that this decision affects about 10,000 priests and church workers.

According to the BBC, students of Greek schools begin the day with a prayer and during the 12 years of training they are taught the basics of the Christian faith, and in Greek courts there is always an icon hanging over the judge’s chair.

Church hierarchs and members of parliament will have to approve this agreement for it to enter into force.