The website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Synodal Department for Education and Information published the following information:
“On February 2, 2019, a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church spoke over the phone with Archimandrite Ephrem, the hegumen of the Athonite Vatopedi monastery. The day before, the abbot was hospitalized in one of the private clinics of the Ukrainian capital after a heart attack. Wishes of speedy recovery were sent to Archimandrite Ephrem, and prayers asking God’s help to overcome his various hardships. Archimandrite Ephrem asked to convey his love to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy and all the hierarchs of his Church. On the same day, Archimandrite Ephrem was transferred to continue his treatment in a Swiss clinic”.
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