Baltimore, April 16, 2013
Metropolitan Methodios has been in direct contact with the Mayor's office and has offered the full support of the Greek Orthodox community of New England to assist both local authorities and all those in need. "Let us not be deterred by this cowardly act of hatred," said His Eminence, "but stand united in the exercise of freedom and justice, as we pray for peace and love to reign in our society."
The Metropolitan has also been in contact with IOCC Executive Director, Constantine M. Triantafilou, to coordinate the emergency response, and has asked that all clergy of the Metropolis be available at their local parishes to allow all people access to Orthodox churches for prayer and pastoral counseling. His Eminence encourages the Orthodox faithful to assist in the emergency response by donating blood at the local Red Cross donation centers throughout the region.
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IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $438 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, visit www.iocc.org.
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