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THE PURPOSE

 


 

Supported by the Greek State and the Greek Orthodox Church, the "Diacony for the Release of Poor Prisoners and Defendants" goes to Prisons in Greece and foreign countries (Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Madagascar, etc.) in order to visit the "least brethren", as Jesus characterizes prisoners. It provides prisoners with various articles of first necessity for their life in Prison. It pays the fines for the minor penalties of poor prisoners, so that they can be released faster and return to their families. Finally, it pays the small debts of poor defendants, who are found in this difficult position of standing trial because they cannot afford to pay their debts to the State.

  Our moral, Christian support, through its various manifestations of love during our visits to the prisons (Divine Liturgy, opportune talk at the Orthodox Church of the Prison, entertainment, etc.), enhances the moral of the prisoners and they return to the Word of Christ, who addressing them said "I was in prison, and ye came unto me" (Matthew 25,36). And he goes o­n: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto o­ne of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25,40). Thus, in the face of every prisoner Christ is found "in another form" (Mark 16,12). Christ identifies with each and every prisoner and defendant, without of course approving of their offences. The sick person is o­ne thing, and the sickness is another. Examples: Zacchaeus (see Luke 19,8). The Samaritan woman (see John 4,39-42). The adulterous woman (see John 8,11). The Bandit (see Luke 24,42-43). Jesus loves man, but disapproves of his offence, sin. 


     

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