Elder Ephraim of Vatopaidi Monastery Transported to Switzerland for Medical Observation

February 4, 2019

BOSTON.- Elder Ephraim Abbot of Vatopaidi Monastery of Mt. Athos, was transported to Switzerland from Kiev, Ukraine where he suffered a minor heart attack on Friday afternoon February 1st. Elder Ephraim had traveled to Ukraine as a member of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate headed by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France for the enthronement of the newly elected Prelate Epiphanios of the new Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Elder Ephraim was taken to a Hospital in Kiev where he received medical care and went through a series of tests, but on Saturday February he was transported to Switzerland. Before his departure, he was visited by Metropolitan Epiphanios at the Kiev Hospital who showed his support of the Elder and spoke with his doctors.

Elder Ephraim wished him a blessed and fruitful arch-pastoral ministry as Primate of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine.


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