By John Sanidopoulos
On Tuesday, 4 June 2013, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece gathered in its second meeting for the month of June under the presidency of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece. Among the reports discussed was the philanthropic work of the Church in 2012.
The Synodal Commission for Social Welfare and Benefaction stated that for the year 2012, the Archdiocese of Athens and the Holy Metropolises of the Church of Greece, spent one hundred and six million euros, (106.073.864,17 €), for the maintenance and operation of Ecclesiastical institutions for philanthropic and social purposes.
The Church of Greece carries out an enormous amount of social and philanthropic work to alleviate the suffering of the disadvantaged, which is accomplished by about seven hundred (700) institutions in the Holy Archdiocese of Athens and the Holy Metropolises.
At the same time we were informed that the care of the Archdiocese of Athens and of the Holy Metropolises offered with love and distinction, on a daily basis, more than 50,000 rations of food to both Greeks and foreigners who must resort to the soup kitchens of the Church.