The abbot of Vatopedi Monastery spoke about the hard fight he had for two months in the hospital with the coronavirus, Ephraim.
As he said, he saw death face to face and thanked God for coming back to life. The elder advocated vaccination and said he had been vaccinated himself.
"It is a wrath of God, a sign of the times "said for the coronavirus the elder Ephraim speaking on a Cypriot channel and continued with a message in favor of vaccination: "We all need to be vaccinated. I was unvaccinated, unfortunately. I had in the program to do it, but for various reasons I did not do it at that time ".
He stressed that if he had been late to the hospital for a day or two, he would have died.
Abbot Ephraim opposed the negative priests, noting that it is better to keep their point of view to themselves and not to propagandize, allowing people to decide what they think is right. "We must always listen to the proud," he said.
Abbot Ephraim clarified that he is now vaccinated. As he said, made the vaccine three months after his illness.
Asked about theories developed in certain ecclesiastical circles on the occasion of the pandemic, he stated: "The Church does not reject Science", highlighted and cited examples of Saints who were hospitalized or even had to undergo surgery and receive medical treatment. "We are glad to have scientists-people of God", pointed out.