For the first time since the scandal erupted more than two months ago, Archbishop Elpiodphoros of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has personally responded to the issue of the “openly gay Baptism” he celebrated in Greece.
The modern Western world seems to be one of the few places where the wearing of a headscarf in a sacred temple is a matter of widespread contention. Perhaps this is to be expected, since we live in a society that is distinct from almost any other, and based entirely on individualism.
On Saturday, Taksiur’s daughter Mariko announced that her father has been released from the pre-trial detention center. Though he will still have to face trial, he finally has the opportunity to receive treatment for his cancer, Mariko joyfully notes.
The Church has collected, purchased, and delivered more than 2,260 tons of humanitarian aid to refugees and injured civilians, including more than 1,380 tons to the Donetsk, Lugansk, Gorlovka, Severodonetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporozhye, and Berdyansk Dioceses.