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UPDATE: The whole thing really blew up as the person behind the “Elder Pasitsios” nickname was arrested… on blasphemy charges! For more details, read this article.

Welcome to another installment of “T’is a miracle! Greek-Orthodox style”: Bogus and exposed miracles from our Greek-Orthodox side of the fence. Οι Έλληνες αναγνώστες μπορείτε να ενημερωθείτε απ’ευθείας για αυτό το φρέσκο μιράκολο από αυτή τη σελίδα στο Φατσοβιβλίο, όπου μπορείτε και να αφήνετε σχόλια. Το άρθρο απευθύνεται στους αγγλόφωνους αναγνώστες και τα σχόλια στα Ελληνικά θα διαγράφονται.

The troll-o-miracle of Elder Pastitsios

Unlike the previous installment, this article is quite different. Last time we had a miracle exposed as fraud. This time we have the case of a miracle that never happened (and it’s pretty fresh news as well).

The perpetrator is “Elder Pastitsios”, a parody facebook persona meant to poke fun at the hundreds (if not hundred thousands) of people that have elevated a now deceased monk (Elder Paisios) from the Mouth Athos monastic community to near sainthood and prophet-hood [think “Mother Teresa” only even more (in)famous]. The names obviously rhyme, but the first one is based on a classic greek pasta dish (and is a reference to the Flying Spaghetti Monster). Right wing and conservative publications often write about the monk’s alleged miracles and prophecies, much to the delight of their readership (and the economic crisis has only made things worse; with his “prophecies” a daily occurrence).

So this guy had the idea to create a fake account of a miracle by mixing up 5-6 other supposed miracles by the same monk and pass it along to a christian magazine and see if they would ever bother to double check its source and claims (needless to say I wouldn’t be writing this article if they had) and how fast the story would spread. That was a week ago.

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