Anti-vaxxer priest dies after month long Covid hospital battle

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Anti-vaxxer priest dies after month long Covid hospital battle
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Anti-vaxxer priest dies after a month long Covid hospital battle. The controversial priest had previously labelled churchgoers “unfaithful” for not wanting to attend a packed sermon due to the risk of catching Covid.

76-year-old priest Metropolitan Kosmas had been admitted to hospital in early December after he caught the coronavirus. The priest was moved into an ICU unit at the Evangelismos Hospital as the disease progressed. Although the authorities later denied it, initially it was believed that he had been given priority over other hospital patients.

Kosmos had criticised the coronavirus restrictions put forward by the government in Greece. According to the Greek Reporter, the priest was against coronavirus vaccinations and using masks to prevent infection.

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He labelled some of his followers unfaithful when they did not want to attend a sermon. The priest said: “God does not allow you to be infected. God does not infect!

“It is a holy place, the temple is heavenly.”

The anti-vaxxer priest caused controversy within the church when he did not follow COVID measures over Easter. He was brought before the Holy Synod for his “disobedience and disrespect of the unanimous decision of the collective body of the Church of Greece”.



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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