Greek Synod issues statement on acid attack against multiple hierarchs

Athens, June 24, 2021

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The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece condemns the unprecedented attack against several bishops that took place in Athens yesterday and expresses its sympathy for all the wounded.

OrthoChristian earlier reported that Theophylactos Kombos, a former hieromonk, attacked seven hierarchs with acid after they confirmed the decision to defrock him in connection with drug charges from 2018.

The Synodal statement notes that Metrpolitans Nikodemos of Kassandreia, Kallinikos of Arta, Andreas of Driinoupolis, Dionysios of Zakynthos, Kyrillos of Kifissia, Demetrios of Goumenissa and Antonios of Glyfada and Archimandrite Sebastianos Somarakis, Secretary of the Synodal Court, were all injured in the attack.

“The Holy Synod expresses its disgust for this unprecedented attack, especially because a former clergyman is involved, and expresses its sympathy for the wounded, and is committed to the speedy restoration of their health,” the statement reads.

The Synod also expresses its gratitude to the guard who was injured while arresting the attacker, the medical personnel who have attended to the wounded, and the Greek police for their speedy work.

The hierarchs especially thank Patriarchs Bartholomew of Constantinople and Theodoros of Alexandria and other bishops, as well as Greek state officials who have reached out to Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens to show their support for the victims of the attack.

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