Sânnicoară, Cluj County, Romania, October 17, 2022
A new palliative care center for children suffering from chronic diseases is being built by the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Cluj.
On Thursday, the foundation stone of the future St. Christopher Center in Sânnicoară, Cluj County, was laid by His Eminence Metropolitan Andrei of Cluj and his vicar His Grace Bishop Benedict of Bistrița, reports the Basilica News Agency.
The service was joined by local clergy, local and county officials, benefactors and supporters of the projects, and a number of Orthodox faithful.
After the consecration of the foundation stone, Met. Andrei spoke about the acts of corporal mercy, including helping the sick. The center will assist children at various stages of progressive chronic diseases free of charge, providing medical, spiritual, social, and psychological assistance.
The center will be the second in the archdiocese. The first, the St. Nektarios Palliative Care Center that was inaugurated in 2012, found itself unable to handle all the requests for assistance, so the archdiocese resolved to build another.
The land for the new center was donated by the family of Fr. Loran Emanuel Komives.
The Archdiocese of Cluj has 40 ongoing philanthropic projects, “affirming that "philanthropy means nothing more than seeking the Lord in His smaller brethren, in His fragile brethren. And not only in a theoretical sense, but especially in this, practical sense,” Bp. Benedict said in an interview about the care center in August.