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Thousands of faithful make pilgrimage to Greece to visit grave of new Orthodox saint

  • Christian Orthodox faithful visit the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Christian Orthodox faithful visit the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Christian Orthodox faithful kisses the cross on the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    A Christian Orthodox faithful kisses the cross on the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Damianos, Archbishop of Sinai looks at the crowds of Christian Orthodox faithful waiting in line to visit the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Damianos, Archbishop of Sinai looks at the crowds of Christian Orthodox faithful waiting in line to visit the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the Mt. Athos monastic community, is the Orthodox Church's newest saint, was canonized last Tuesday, in an unusually short time (20 years, 6 months) after his death, in part due to his popularity among the faithful, who considered him a wise man and a prophet. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of faithful have made the pilgrimage to the monastery of St. John the Evangelist in a small town in northern Greece to visit the grave of the Orthodox Church's latest saint, Saint Paisios.

Paisios, a monk who spent most of his life in the nearby Mount Athos monastic community, was essentially made a saint by popular acclamation.

Revered among the faithful as a wise man and a prophet, he was canonized last Tuesday by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate bishops in Istanbul, Turkey, just over 20 years after his death, on July 12, 1974, at the age of 70.

The faithful who flocked to the monastery Sunday in Souroti, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Thessaloniki, came from across the Balkans.