A regional hospital in Kamchatcka, Russia, has signed a cooperation agreement with the local Russian Orthodox archbishop. Doctors and priests agree that the body and soul are closely connected. The health (or sickness) of one affects the health (or sickness) of the other.
Kamchatka eparchy and regional hospital of A. Lukashevsky signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by Archbishop Artemy of Petropavlovsk and Kamchatka, and chief of hospital staff Olga Zubkova. Physicians and priests came to a conclusion, that the body and soul are inseparable.
Archbishop Artemy said,
“Man is not only a collection of bones, veins, and organs. He is also a living soul. The body is very closely connected with the soul. The doctor is called upon to heal the body, but the priest has the power to heal the soul. Because when the body weakens by illnesses, the soul also weakens. And when you support the body, you support the soul. Thus, it will be easier for our Kamchatka residents to cope with illnesses and sorrows, with the help of a priest.”
The Kamchatka diocese and the regional hospital named after A. Lukashevsky signed a cooperation agreement. Doctors and priests agreed that the body and soul are inseparable.
The chief doctor of the hospital supported the Kamchatka bishop.
“We are glad that you help us, of course, body and soul are inseparable. Therefore, when we heal the body, it is necessary to heal the soul,” noted Olga Zubkova.
As a blessing for further work, the head of the diocese presented her with an icon of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon.