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Romania Orthodox Church in trouble after baby ‘dies’ in Baptism.

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Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter probe against the priest in the northeastern city of Suceava.

The Orthodox Church was facing growing pressure on Thursday to change baptism rituals in Romania after a baby died following a ceremony, which involves immersing infants three times in holy water.

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The six-week-old suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital on Monday but he died a few hours later, the autopsy revealing liquid in his lungs.

A picture taken on May 11, 2014 shows a Romanian Orthodox priest sinking a child in holy water during baptism, in a church in Bucharest. – Many Romanians mobilized on social networks in the first week of February 2021, to convince the Orthodox Church to change the ritual of baptism after a six-week-old baby died of cardiac arrest in the hospital on February 1, 2021 and the presence of liquid in his lungs was revealed by the autopsy, shortly after being baptized in a church in Suceava (northeast Romania). (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP)

Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter probe against the priest in the northeastern city of Suceava.

An online petition calling for changes to the ritual had gathered more than 56,000 signatures by Thursday evening.

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“The death of a newborn baby because of this practice is a huge tragedy,” said a message with the petition. “This risk must be ruled out for the joy of baptism to triumph.”

One internet user denounced the “brutality” of the ritual and another criticised the “stubbornness of those who think that it is the will of God” to maintain it.

Local media recounted several similar incidents in recent years.

Church spokesman Vasile Banescu said priests could pour a little water on the baby’s forehead instead of full immersion.

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But Archbishop Teodosie, leader of the Church’s traditionalist wing, said the ritual would not change.

More than 80 percent of Romanians are Orthodox and the Church is one of the most trusted institutions, according to recent opinion polls.

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