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Title: Syros - a Lesson in Coexistence.
Post by: ozgeorge on January 17, 2011, 02:01:03 AM
The Greek Island of Syros' population is 50% Roman Catholic and 50% Orthodox and 100% Greek:
http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/syros/syros-history/syros-catholic-community.htm
Title: Re: Syros - a Lesson in Coexistence.
Post by: trifon on January 17, 2011, 03:26:43 AM

Interesting.  I remember seeing some Catholic Churches and speaking to Catholics on Tinos as well.  I'm assuming that this is partly a result of 'Latin' rule over the centuries, specifically the Dukes of Naxos, plus the arrival of Capuchins on Syros in 1633-34 or so, and the fact that the island was placed under the direct protection of the French King Louis XIII in 1640, not to mention the arrival of Jesuits.

There's a parallel with Bulgaria here, with some small villages in the Plovdiv municipality having Catholic Bulgarian majorities, and of course, Rakovski, with a population of around  17 000 being the largest 'Catholic' Bulgarian town.