Patriarch Bartholomew calls for vaccination

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew In his Christmas message, believers call for vaccination, as the epidemic continues to devastate humanity. All believers must be vaccinated, writes the main leader of the Orthodox Church. He adds: Science, insofar as it serves as a servant to man, is an invaluable gift from God. We should accept this gift with gratitude.

On this glorious feast of the birth of Jesus as our Savior Christ, who visited us from above, we are glorified by the psalms and hymns of his heavenly name. The divine incarnation, besides revealing the truth about God, also reveals the truth of man and his ultimate destiny, our deification by grace. With this birth of Christ, the image of the tyrannical, punishing God, who is an opponent of man, is shattered. With this birth, the whole of creation was completely renewed. Here the foundations were laid for the resurrection of the Church, whose mission was not only to proclaim the Incarnation of the Son, but also to protect the sanctity of man and the integrity of creation.

The Church today needs pastoral imagination, dialogue rather than debate, engagement rather than isolation, specific actions rather than abstract theory, and creative openness rather than public rejection. Fidelity to Church tradition is not to cling to the past, but to make creative use of past experiences.

source: Orthodox Times

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