For immediate release
10 October 2005 11:05AM
Hong Kong (OP) - On Saturday, October 8, a major earthquake hit
Pakistan, leaving thousands dead and the numbers continue to rise.
Pakistan belongs to the Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast
Asia and there is a small Orthodox community there named in honor of
Saint Alexander, the Patriarch of Constantinople (The Metropolitanate
is under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate).
His Eminence Metropolitan NIKITAS has been in contact with the
faithful there by telephone. He was informed that there was no loss of
life in the Orthodox community, although there is unbelievable damage
and suffering in the area of Lahore, where the community is located.
The Metropolitan has already released funds to assist in the relief
work. The local Orthodox community will purchase various supplies and
materials and give them to those in need, as an expression of love for
others. Orthodox faithful are already taking and active role in the
Metropolitan NIKITAS also stated that he and Dean Triantafilou, IOCC
Executive Director, have been in contact, so that efforts might be
properly coordinated. Anyone wishing to support the relief efforts may
send a donation to IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities)
or directly to the Metropolitanate. Any donations sent to the
Metropolitanate must be made payable to "Orthodox Metropolitanate of
Hong Kong and Southeast Asia" (earmarked for earthquake relief) and
mailed to 704 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong.