Bucharest, September 13, 2022
A pro-life conference focused on supporting pregnant women opened in Bucharest yesterday, with the participation of Romania and American specialists.
The National Conference of Support Centers for Pregnant Women opened with the reading of an address from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania, who called on his Orthodox flock to “become God’s hands of merciful love for unborn children.”
The activity of the centers established by Bucharest’s Association for Pregnant Women and Family Support “is a concrete example of communion and the fulfilment of the Divine will, because we, as Christians, see each human person who has been conceived as part of God’s will to work good deeds in the world,” His Beatitude states.
The Mother of God is an example for us, as she “abandoned herself to Divine providence” when she accepted the word of God spoken to her through the Archangel Gabriel, the Patriarch writes. And her own conception by her parents, the elderly Sts. Joachim and Anna, “shows us that every child who comes into the world is fundamentally the fruit of a spiritual work.”
Giving birth is not merely a biological process, but “proves [a woman’s] spiritual force, which resides in her capacity for sacrificial love.”
But it’s not always easy for parents, and especially single mothers, “to accept the child as a Heavenly gift,” and it is then that Christians “are entrusted with the mission of restoring their faith in God by becoming ourselves His merciful and loving hands.”
There is much work to be done in Romania, the Patriarch said, noting that there are currently pregnancy centers in only 16 of 41 counties.
“There are many ways in which we can become God’s hands of merciful love in the world. But helping a child to be born is the most generous deed of Christian love, because it doesn’t save only the children’s bodies, but also their souls for the Kingdom of Heaven—and, with them, their mother’s souls, by giving them back their hope,” Pat. Daniel encouraged.
Such work also “redeems us a community,” he said.
Speakers at the conference included Mariana Cuceu, President and Co-Founder of the St. Paraskeva Orthodox Charity, Alexandra Nadane, President of the Association for the Support of Pregnant Women and Family, obstetrician and gynecologist Eliza-Maria Clotea, representatives from the U.S.-based Heartbeat organization, and other people involved in the blessed work of helping pregnant women.
The conference concludes today.