Abbot of Athonite Vatopedi Monastery hospitalized with COVID

Athens, May 31, 2021

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Archimandrite Ephraim, abbot of the large and influential Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, is currently being treated for COVID at the Evangelismos Clinic in Athens.

According to a statement from the monastery, Fr. Ephraim tested positive for COVID on Friday, May 21, showing mild symptoms, after which all the brethren of the monastery were tested, while Fr. Ephraim went into quarantine, under constant medical observation.

According to the monastery, his health is stable, but he was hospitalized for precautionary reasons. Recall that Fr. Ephraim has an underlying heart condition. He suffered a heart attack in early 2019 and underwent heart surgery the next month, receiving two heart stents. Five stents had been inserted in a previous operation.

The monastery also notes that the brotherhood applied to be vaccinated in early May.

According to reports in March, Vatopedi considered the Pfizer vaccine ineffective and “inappropriate,” and was conducting its own medical research to provide other options.

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sherlock_holmes5/31/2021 10:52 pm
Motto: Who got it, got it! " He, who has years to listen, listens ! says God " I hope Abbot Efrem knows Father Savva Achilleos... a Nobel prize winner, Prof. Luc Montagnier reveals that the vaccines are creating the deadly variants ( somehow similar to what father Savva said )...
sherlock_holmes5/31/2021 9:31 pm
I hope Archimandrite Ephraim will get well without taking the vaccine. The same for the monks. There are other treatments plus the help of our Lord and His Church, be it in Heaven or here. We got his blessings a few years ago when visiting Mount Athos and Vatopedi Monastery and slept like babies overnight on the top of the mountain, by the Chapel of Transfiguration.
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