Greeks Attend Church Amid Economic Downfall

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In the midst of leadership changes and bailout deals, more Greeks are turning to their faith.

Greece's economy is in dire shape, and both the country's leaders and residents face an uphill battle to escape what could become a five year recession.

Recent economic reports revealed Greece's economy shrank 5.2 percent, proving the recession was deeper than originally thought.

And with news like that splashed across national headlines, many Greeks have turned to religion for some kind of relief.

"The church is the last resort for everyone. Even more so when people have problems," said churchgoer Stelios Papayoannou. "It is human nature to forget God in good times and remember him in hard times."

"I think the church can offer a lot to a person in the midst of the Greek crisis and generally for all people," added Greek worshipper Maria Liberi. "With faith people can overcome all difficulties. This is why we flock here, to church."

"Times are hard everywhere," she continued. "Church can bring relief to our soul and make us feel that there is something outside of this life. I believe this is why we go to church."

There are about 10 million Christians in Greece.

About 91 percent of them belong to the Orthodox church.

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