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The Church of Cyprus is in favor of vaccination and medical protocols, while at the same time unanimously rejects the conspiracy theories regarding the vaccination and the existence of the virus.
The above is mentioned in a statement issued after the end of the extraordinary meeting of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus, which met today, December 1, 2020, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus on the coronavirus pandemic.
The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus presented its views and positions regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The Holy Synod, after being informed by a team of epidemiologists, emphasized, that the pandemic also acts as a challenge to man, to develop his potentials, which have been given to him by God. In this endeavor, God comes to help. “Man does what he can, and God cares about the rest.”
Within this framework of our own effort and the replacement by God of those that man cannot achieve, is included the duty of all of us to comply with what the competent State and Health Services define for the protection of all.
“The Church strongly recommends this. We restrict our freedom and rights, even in the matter of attending church, voluntarily, so that we can protect both ourselves and our fellow humans and be able to break free from restrictions as soon as possible.
Regarding the Holy Communion, the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus emphasizes that its position is stable and clear. The body and blood of Jesus Christ do not transmit any disease. This is proven by the long life and practice of the Church. It will continue to be given in the same traditional way as it is today, in compliance with all the provisions of the health authorities regarding distances and personal precautions.”
The Holy Synod emphasized that without ignoring the reservations of some regarding the composition and effects of certain vaccines which are prepared by large pharmaceutical industries, but also without embracing the conspiracy theories that are developing around the subject and after listening carefully to the experts, decided to recommend to the faithful to be vaccinated if the specific vaccine is recommended by the Health Services of the State.
“It is not possible to attribute any kind of interest to the State Medical Services except their concern for the health of the people”, the Holy Synod stated.
Of course, no one will be forced to be vaccinated, but those who decide to be vaccinated should not burden their conscience with ungrounded and unscientific superstitions.
“The goal of all of us should be not to mourn other victims and to deal effectively with the pandemic as soon as possible.”
Finally, the Holy Synod, after thanking the invited and renowned Scientists, reminded everyone of the powerful weapon of prayer and called on all to repent so that our prayers can be heard by God and we can be redeemed, from the plague that has invaded our country.
This is necessary so that we can, undisturbed, indulge in the efforts to liberate our homeland and our other sacred works.