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Greece Allows First Crematorium In Defiance Of Orthodox Church

Greece has moved a step closer to opening its first crematorium, passing a decree that paves the way for a facility to be built in Athens despite persistent criticism from the Orthodox church, The Guardian reports. The prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, described the measure as “one of the most important and necessary reforms,” and Athens’ mayor, Giorgos Kaminis, said it was a “landmark step.”“It is a very important development … which upholds the state’s obligation towards citizens’ fundamental rights.” – Giorgos Kaminis Kaminis, who has been pushing for the legislation since 2014, said the town hall had faced countless difficulties correcting “weaknesses in the legal framework” to arrive at…