The Church wants to set up as many medical units as possible, thus reviving an older tradition concerning hospitals running under religious patronage, which will offer free consultations to sick pilgrims, the spokesman for the Romanian Patriarchy, the priest Constantin Stoica, stated, quoted by Mediafax. Stoica added that in the old days the first “spitals” had been running on the premises of monasteries and rich parish churches. These started out as sites of treatment for the ailing monks and gradually extended their area of expertise.
His Beatitude (PF) Daniel announced, in turn, recently that a diagnosis and treatment centre will be set up in the vicinity of the new cathedral to offer free consultations to sick pilgrims who come to Bucharest. PF Daniel added that the Church was trying to set up as many medical units as possible for the faithful seeking medical help. At present, the Romanian Patriarchy has 430 social centres, in which dozens of thousands of people receive food and care.