Church of Greece: Voluntary abortion is a murder, we do not accept it

The Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, chaired by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, met yesterday.

During the two-day sittings, the Holy Synod, taking into account the recent developments on abortion, “and based on the Bible and the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church of Christ, expresses its theological position on the fetus as a complete and integral human being since its conception and therefore, it considers voluntary abortion as a murder and does not accept it.”

Also, the Holy Synod, on the occasion of the decision of Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Niki Kerameus, regarding the cancellation of the public holiday in schools and the restoration of the celebration of the Holy Three Hierarchs, guardians of the Greek Letters and Education (January 30), to a day for attending mass and other topical events, has decided to send a congratulatory letter to her.

Furthermore, the Standing Holy Synod approved the new organization of the Central Financial Services (EKIO) of the Church of Greece.

It has also decided to issue a circular note on the submission of expenditure reports for charity ministry in 2019 of the Archdiocese of Athens and the Metropolises of the Church of Greece.