Romania’s Orthodox Church said a series of outdoor posters depicting nurses and doctors on the frontlines of the new coronavirus outbreak as saints, were blasphemous and an insult to Christian iconography, Reuters reported.
According to media reports, Church’s spokesman Vasile Banescu said, “It is not just a blasphemous act but also an insult to the very honourable profession of doctors who, like all of us, do not think they are saints or improvised saviours and do not demand a public cult.”
The posters, created by Romanian illustrator Wanda Hutira and part of a “Thank you doctors” campaign by ad agency McCann Worldgroup. “(The posters) were a daring artistic choice but one which is in no way following a political, religious or any other kind of purpose,” McCann Romania said in a statement. “It is a gesture of gratitude for doctors.”
The majority of Romanians in the European Union’s socially conservative eastern state of 20 million are Christian Orthodox, and the Church has considerable influence.