04 August, 2003
Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece on Sunday sharply criticized what he called moves to ''exclude'' Christianity from a constitution being drafted for the European Union.
''It it unjust what they are trying to do at the moment in the European Union in drafting the EU's constitution,'' Christodoulos told inhabitants of the island of Samos during a visit.
In a separate address on the island, the archbishop called for closer cooperation between the Church and local authorities.
''It's wrong to think that the Church should not get involved in politics. In the ancient Greek sense of man being composed of spirit and flesh, it's reasonable for the Church to be involved in man's economic well-being,'' Christodoulos said.
Source: Athens News Agency