Well-known for his stance against Covid-vaccines, the Bishop of Aetolia and Akarnania, Kosmas, has died on Covid-19 on Monday morning. The 76-year-old bishop was hospitalized since the beginning of December and his transfer to an ICU bed in Athens had triggered an outrage as other patients were not given this option.
Bishop Kosmas, who had refused to get vaccinated against the virus, was admitted to a hospital in Agrinio on December 1 with Covid-19 infection before being moved to an ICU room at the biggest hospital in Athens, Evangelismos.
He was intubated for 25 days and was taken off recently. He had suffered irreversible damages.
Kosmas was a vociferous critic of government measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, including the use of masks and the vaccines against the pandemic.
The bishop’s unvaccinated sister had also contracted the virus and passed away on Dec 13.
During a sermon in 2020, Kosmas had reportedly lashed at those who were reluctant to attend a packed church, calling them “unfaithful.”
“God does not allow you to be infected. God does not infect! It is a holy place, the temple is heavenly,” he said.
Last year, Kosmas was summoned by the Holy Synod to explain himself over his “disobedience and disrespect of the unanimous decision of the collective body of the Church of Greece” regarding the coronavirus health measures during the Easter period.