Alternate migration minister receives Communion amid pandemic

Alternate migration minister receives Communion amid pandemic

Τhe Alternate Minister for Migration, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, received Communion on Thursday without taking any measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a website reporting on issues relating to Orthodox Church.

The website Romfea published a photo of the minister receiving Communion in the tradition of the Orthodox Church, using a single cup and spoon.

According to the report, Koumoutsakos attended a service at Aghia Sofia Church in Neo Psychiko on Thursday.

The article interpreted the minister’s Communion as “an answer” to a call by Manolis Dermitzakis, Professor of Genetics at the University of Geneva Medical School, for priests to switch to single-use spoons in the sacrament.

"It [communion] should have stopped already before we discussed closing restaurants, economic activities, because we have to decide; how can we close a lot of businesses, cause such a big problem to [our] GDP, while there is no flexibility on the part of the Church to, let’s say, use a plastic spoon for Holy Communion? I find it unacceptable,” he told Skai broadcaster on Thursday.

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