Conference in Crete on Suicide
February 7, 2014
On Friday, February 7, 2014 the Orthodox Academy of Crete, in collaboration with the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care, organized a Conference on suicide. The Conference was attended by His Eminence Archbishop of Crete Irineos, Their Eminence Metropolitans of Lambis Sivritos and Sfakia Irineos, Cydonia & Apokoronas Damascene, as well as, Metropolitan Amfilohios of Kissamos. Additionally, more than one hundred and thirty clergy from the Archdiocese of Crete and all the Holy Metropolises of the island participated.
Specialists analyzed the serious and sensitive phenomenon of suicide, which is of particular concern to the Church of Crete, as our Island, according to statistics, comes first in suicidal incidents across Greece. The meeting began with a prayer by His Eminence Archbishop of Crete Irineos, followed by a welcome speech by our Bishop, followed by Dr. Constantine Zorbas, Director General of OAC and Chairman of the Board of the Academy, and the Most Reverend Protopresbyter Fr. Stavros Kofinas Network Coordinator of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Ministry in the field of Health. The rest of the lectures were as follows:
Each presentation was followed by a discussion on the topic. The meeting was concluded with a prayer and the greetings of His Eminence Archbishop of Crete Irineos, who expressed his joy for this gathering of clergy from all over the island, as well as his wish that the Orthodox Academy of Crete create similar opportunities for joint reflection and communication for the clergy of the island.