Bartholomew: Postpones visit to Mount Athos due to pandemic outbreak

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A loud message in favor of vaccination is sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who will normally make his scheduled visit to Athens, from November 20 to 25, but postpones his trip to Thessaloniki and Mount Athos due to observed outbreak of pandemic in the monastic state.

As announced by the General Secretariat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Primate of Orthodoxy is expected to participate in the Festive Patriarchal and Archdiocesan Service at the Cathedral of Athens, “on the great feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Athens.” the Church and other bodies, on the occasion of the completion of 30 years since the ascension of Patriarch Bartholomew to the First Throne of Orthodoxy.

However, scheduled visits to Thessaloniki and Mount Athos are displaced due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

“With this decision, the Ecumenical Patriarch wishes to send message in all directions, on the need for vaccination and respect of protective measures against coronavirus, as the only safe way to overcome the deadly pandemic. He prays for the rest of the souls of the dead, for the rapid restoration of the health of the sick and for the above strengthening of the doctors, the nurses and all those responsible for facing this severe ordeal “, the Ecumenical Patriarchate said in a statement.

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