“The demographic issue that threatens the country and the economy should be a national priority. Otherwise it can lead to uncontrollable situations for our homeland, even in its present form, because it will be confronted with its continuity, taking into consideration that Greece has one of the most aging peoples in Europe,” Metropolitan Ioannis of Langadas, Liti and Rentini underlined in a greeting at an event in Thessaloniki.
Expressing his concern about the demographic issue, the Metropolitan referred to the command of God, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,” in which man becomes co-creator of God.
At the same time, he stated that “the demographic issue is not only quantitative but also qualitative, and we must safeguard all the appropriate conditions for our children so that they can stay in Greece, constantly safeguarding those conditions worthy of our history and the people who made our nation great.”
In addition, he referred to the pastoral care of the Church and its active role, through the support it provides to both the large families and the single mothers.
Finally, he urged everyone to embrace their children and listen to their concerns.
Addressing young people, Metropolitan Ioannis stressed that “they should never forget that all the roads are open and through Christ’s Life, they can hope and expect a better future.”