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Bishop of Limassol tests positive for Covid-19 (Updated)

athanasios (limassol)
Bishop Athanasios of Limassol

Limassol bishop, Athanasios, who tested positive for coronavirus, will attend Monday’s session of the Holy Synod virtually, according to the diocese of Limassol late on Sunday.

“Of course, as indicated, his presence will be with the help of technology. The Metropolitan of Limassol, who is in confinement, will participate online in the Synod,” the Limassol diocese said.

Limassol bishop Athanasios tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday afternoon, Cyprus News Agency (Cna) reported on Sunday.

The bishop has mild symptoms and is in good health, sources from the diocese of Limassol told Cna.

According to Cna, news of him testing positive for Covid-19 was published on the Facebook page “Friends of the Metropolitan of Limassol Athanasiou”, which stated that the senior cleric is in good health and will remain in confinement, applying all appropriate measures. He will return to his duties as soon as he is negative for Covid-19, it is added.

Sources from the diocese of Limassol confirmed to the Cna that bishop Athanasios, who on Friday night had performed the religious blessing during the inauguration of the new stadium in Limassol, tested positive for coronavirus.

The bishop is one of six candidates officially running for the seat of archbishop of the Church of Cyprus following the death of Chrysostomos II.

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