Orthodox priest builds church for martyred unborn

Moved by the story of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem killed by Herod during the time of Jesus, an Orthodox priest has launched the building of a church in Siberia to celebrate regular liturgies for aborted babies.

Zenit reports that the church which is being built in Iurga, in southern Siberia, is expected to be completed next northern summer.

Fr Konstandin, the parish priest, had the idea when the purported relics of the children murdered by Herod 2,000 years ago were taken from Jerusalem to Iurga.

The Orthodox Church considers abortion a form of infanticide and a grave sin, Vatican Radio is quoted as saying.

The Russian government itself has expressed the desire to reduce as much as possible the number of abortions given the "alarming demographic fall."

According to media reports, Fr Konstantin's initiative is unprecedented in Russia, and has found support among Orthodox faithful.

Meanwhile in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that in the first criminal abortion case in 25 years, Dr Suman Sood was convicted of giving drugs illegally to procure a miscarriage.

Dr Sood was cleared of manslaughter of the baby, who was delivered in a toilet at 23 weeks gestation in May 2002.

The Herald estimates that Dr Sood, who has previously been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct by the NSW Medical Board, has performed about 30,000 abortions during her career.

Siberia Church to Commemorate Aborted Children (Zenit, 22/8/06)

Argentine Catholic University in bid to save unborn child (CathNews, 2/8/06)

Revealed: the dark past of a guilty abortion doctor (Sydney Morning Herald, 24/8/06)

24 Aug 2006