Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias urged the Greek Orthodox Church to offer support and assistance against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With every respect, we asked the Holy Fathers to support and assist this effort to fight the pandemic,” Kikilias said on Tuesday after visiting the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece and briefing the Church’s highest-ranking clerics.
The health minister was accompanied with epidemiology expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras.
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece said it was a “useful and crucial meeting”, in which questions were answered by the minister and Professor Tsiodras.
“We will fight for the good of the people. All of us want to say that this effort continues. The Church will make this effort through spiritual processes with the sole motive of tackling the pandemic,” he added.
Tsiodras said the meeting had been constructive and that all sides were together in searching for the truth.
“We hope through vaccination that we can return to a form of normality,” he stressed, adding that the virus was currently widely spread across the community.