Church of Greece to build park in Mati, help hospital find living relatives of WWII soldiers

The Church of Greece will create an outdoor park in Mati, where a sweeping wildfire in July killed 91 people in the greater area and destroyed homes, the Permanent Holy Synod announced Wednesday.

The park will be built on a property belonging to the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Penteli after it is reforested, and will be for use of residents.

The church will collaborate with the region of Attica on it.

At a meeting of the Holy Synod chaired by Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece, the hierarchs also responded to a plea by the General Army Hospital for help in the collection of DNA by living relatives of soldiers who died in World War II and whose remains were repatriated from Albania.

In addition, the church will hold a pilot conference in Alexandroupoli from September 28 to 30 on Women in the shadows of violence, and Pastoral responsibility and its approach by religions.

Shortly after the fires broke out, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel sent a message to Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece expressing his solidarity with Greek people following deadliest wildfire in years.

The Romanian Patriarchate urged all its Dioceses to financially support he victims of the catastrophic wildfires that took place in Greece.

In this regard, by the end of August 2018, collected sums that will be offered to the Archdiocese of Athens to help the injured, the bereaved families and the homeless.


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