A man has been charged with blasphemy in Greece for lampooning a monk on Facebook.
Police allege the unnamed 27-year-old set up a Facebook page referring to the late Elder Paisios by the mocking name Geron Pastitsios, which is a Greek pasta and beef dish.
In a screenshot of the Facebook page, which has now been removed from the social network, the monk is shown with a plate of pastitsios in front of him.
The suspect was arrested on the island of Evia at the weekend after complaints were received by the Greek police's cyber crime bureau.
Police confiscated the man's laptop and "determined that he was indeed the person who created and managed" the page, according to a police news release.
It said the page contained "blasphemy and insults against Elder Paisios and Orthodox Christianity" in general.
He could face a fine of up to €3,000 or two years in prison under Greece's strict blasphemy laws.
The arrest sparked outrage across the internet, and the hashtag #FreeGeronPastitios trended for several hours.
A petition addressed to the Greek parliament demanding the abolition of anti-blasphemy laws in the country already has more than 6,000 signatures.
"Remind me again, which country gave rise to (ancient Greek satirist) Aristophanes?" one user posted on Twitter, while others compared Greece to Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Paisios lived in the monastic enclave of Mount Athos in northern Greece and died in 1994 aged 70.
He has a large cult following in the country attributed to his alleged prophetic powers and teachings.
The use of pasta wordplay on the Facebook page led some Twitters users to suggest the author could be linked to a parody religion known as Pastafarianism.
Also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the movement was founded in the United States and opposes many aspects of organised religion.