The Committee of the Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Institutions (CROCEU) has published a press release on the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on social, political and spiritual level. They say it is a great trial and also a unique opportunity to prove solidarity and change our lives.
The CROCEU members present their sincere condolences to the families who lost a member to Covid-19 and wish good health to those who are fighting the disease. Also, they express their gratitude towards medical and social workers, who risk their health to offer care and support.
“It is precisely in these acts that we find just as many concrete expressions of an attitude and conduct of real solidarity that should in fact guide us all: persons, institutions and – all the more – States”, is mentioned in the press release.
“For the EU and its Member States, this is a critical occasion to prove that the always and univocally cherished and much talked about principle of European solidarity is more than a mere rhetorical exercise. (…) We pray for, and call on, European leaders and citizens alike not to miss this chance, by closing their hearts and their borders, and turning their back to the States and people who currently find themselves in the greatest distress.”
CROCEU members show their support for the strict measures imposed by national authorities from across the EU, in order to slow down the spread of the new Cornavirus. Nevertheless, they require a balanced implementation, made by upholding “fundamental human rights so central to the long-held European standards”: respect for private life, religious freedom and freedom of movement and assembly.
This period should be for each of us an opportunity to reflect upon our principles, convictions and behavior by questioning and even changing them – by changing our very life, state the CROCEU members.
“Confined as we are into our homes, we might (re)discover our inner selves, as well as the beauty and value of family life. Obliged to impose limits on our buying behaviour, we could (re)discover the difference between needs and wants and thus alter our over-consumeristic behaviour. Unable to meet, hug and share time with our loved ones, we might (re)discover our longing and inner desire for inter-personal communion and love – a mirroring, for us Christians, of the tri-personal God Who has created us in His image and likeness.”
“Not least, unable to partake into the sacramental life of the Church, and especially so into the Divine Liturgy, we could (re)discover anew, with greater awareness and genuine humbleness, the invaluable gift of everlasting life that God is so generously offering us.”
The CROCEU members faithfully pray to the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ that He may enlighten scientists, health workers and political leaders to find a speedy and auspicious solution to the current crisis and that families “become a haven of peace in this time of trouble and disarray”.
“We express our faith that He who is the source of life by trampling down death by death will eventually cast out fear and will give joy to His creation”, conclude the representatives of Orthodox Churches by the EU.
The Committee of the Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Institutions (CROCEU) was established in 2010 to articulate the concerns and perspectives of the Orthodox Church on EU-related matters. Based in Brussels, CROCEU reunites representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Patriarchate of Moscow, the Patriarchate of Romania, the Patriarchate of Bulgaria, the Church of Cyprus and the Church of Greece.