The Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) made an appeal today (May 14, 2010) to build more churches, in order to help surmount the economic crisis.
BOR said that it is important to continue works for churches under construction and "to build new ones, to help surmount the moral and spiritual crisis, just like the economic and financial one."
The process would help fight individualism, by creating new jobs and encouraging solidarity, the Romanian Times website reports.
Romania -- an Orthodox country -- recently announced a list of austerity measures, including 25 percent salary cuts in the public sector and 15 percent cuts of pensions and all social aid.
Since 1900, about 2,500 new churches have been built in Romania, and recent polls show there is an Orthodox Church for every 1,700 Orthodox people, on average.