Romanian church builds palliative care center for children

Sânnicoară, Department of Cluj, Romania, October 17, 2022


A new palliative care center for children with chronic illnesses is being built by the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Cluj.

On Thursday, the first stone of the future Saint Christopher Center in Sânnicoară, Cluj county, was laid by His Eminence Metropolitan Andrei of Cluj and his vicar His Excellency Bishop Benedict of Bistrița, reports the news agency of the basilica. .

The service was joined by local clergy, local and county officials, benefactors and supporters of the projects, and a number of Orthodox worshippers.

After the dedication of the first stone, Met. Andrei spoke about bodily acts of mercy, including helping the sick. The center will help children at different stages of progressive chronic illnesses free of charge, providing them with medical, spiritual, social and psychological assistance.


The center will be the second in the archdiocese. The first, St. Nektarios Palliative Care Center opened in 2012, found itself unable to handle all requests for assistance, so the archdiocese decided to build another.

The land for the new center was donated by the family of Fr. Loran Emmanuel Komives.

The Archdiocese of Cluj has 40 ongoing philanthropic projects, “affirming that “philanthropy means nothing more than seeking the Lord in one’s little brothers, in one’s fragile brothers. And not only in a theoretical sense, but especially in this practical sense,” Bp. Benoît said in an interview about the care center in August.

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Martha J. Finley