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20.05.05 08:15 Age: 7 yrs

Church urged to stand up to secularising forces

The churches of the West should defend themselves against the pressures of secularisation, said the head of the Greek Orthodox Church last week at a major mission conference in Athens.

Archbishop Christodoulos welcomed some 500 delegates to the conference in Athens and insisted that Christians must stand firm against secularisation. "In a time, when the secular states, disturbed by the values of the Gospel, try to push the faith and its social and moral values into the private sphere, the Church is called to witness to the values of the Kingdom and not to conform herself to what pleases the politicians the businessmen of this world," he said in a keynote address.

"Christians, who are also citizens of modern societies, should not give up witnessing to the values of the Gospel and should not remain silent in front of the contemporary tendencies of some modern secularised states that try to impose on their people standards and values which are foreign to them." (…)