Athens, January 3, 2022
His Eminence Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia of the Church of Greece reposed in the Lord this morning at the age of 77, reports Romfea.
He has been among the most vocal hierarchs of the Greek Church concerning the various restrictions placed on the Church during the pandemic, which brought him into conflict with the Holy Synod.
It is also known that His Eminence did not take any COVID vaccinations. He remained at home starting November 21, when he tested positive for the coronavirus. He initially resisted going to the hospital because he was the caretaker for his blind and bedridden sister, though he was eventually hospitalized and his sister reposed.
He was intubated at the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, and underwent a tracheotomy last week. According to doctors, his condition was exacerbated by other illnesses. He suffered from multiorgan failure and reposed in the Lord this morning.
Met. Kosmas was also among the most vocal concerning the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s anti-Orthodox actions in Ukraine. In 2019, Met. Kosmas and Metropolitans Seraphim of Kythira, Seraphim of Piraeus, and Andreas of Dryinoupolis appealed to Patriarch Bartholomew and the heads of the other autocephalous Local Churches to convene a council to solve the Ukrainian crisis, though, sadly, Pat. Bartholomew refuses to listen to his brother bishops.
May His Eminence’s memory be eternal!
Met. Kosmas was born in Agrinio in 1945. He studied political science in Athens and theology at the University of Thessaloniki.
He was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1974, serving as a preacher for the Diocese of Aetolia for more than 30 years.
He was consecrated to the episcopacy on October 8, 2005.