Reuters: Athos elders trust God and science to protect them from Covid

Father Makarios read the gospel while reading the liturgy, and waited for his anti-coronavirus vaccination.

He said that he knows when to separate religion from science.

After catching COVID-19, he “appeared to death” with a vaccination. “I’ve thought if/and if/if you would need it” “For us, of course we trust in God and protect,” said the 70-year-old monk.

Science is something that belongs to God, God instructs the scientists so that they can protect humanity,” he said.

Mount Athos is a sacred religious site of the Orthodox Church. The coronavirus has spread like wildfire and a drive is to vaccinate about 1,600 monks in the closed community on northern Greek peninsula Halkidiki.

A reduced risk of vaccination and the rising death of nine people since the outbreak of the pandemic took place – but some in the 20 monasteries were infected – so many people were infected – so it spread to the popular visitor’s site.

I was able to assess at least 100 cases in the fall of October and November, according to the health centre of Mount Athos’, doctor.

“It is extremely dangerous in a closed community like a monastery, which is basically like a family, where the members of the family struggle to protect themselves against each other,” said he.

Many people of Athos are aged 70 and they’re involved in a special role in the community. The people who live on the ground of the rap is from a single heartbeat to a double-blind child.

“The older people are called the elders, those respected elders, they guide spiritual life on Mount Athos; they pass on their personal spiritual wisdom and experiences, even their holiness,” Miteloudis said.

In addition to its monasteries, the autonomous Orthodox spiritual centre is more than 1,000 years old. The autonomous orthodoxist religious centre has a wealth of small living units and small church monasteries, making it difficult to monitor the infections.

Women and children, to use Russian president Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Prince Charles and several celebrities took a pilgrimage there.

Athos closed its doors for three months after the last lockdown, reopening this February. Only rapid tests are needed to visit the site.

But Greeces highest-level cases are now reached this month and the hospitals are under heavy strain, especially in the north.

For the Holy Mountain, vaccinations were both science and religion. But Father Epifanios, who came to the health centre for his third vaccination, didn’t have that dilemma.

Medicines are medicine, but they aren’t holy water, he said.