Metropolitan Onuphry: “Who Can Count the Sick? We Are all Sick: Everyone Has Their Own Illness”

The quarantine will end and there will be normal life again, believes His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
Pravmir.com team | 11 May 2020

After the quarantine, life will return back to its normal course and we will again be able to work and pray together. Such confidence was expressed by the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in an interview with Ukrainian media in the Glory Park in Kiev on May 9, 2020.

“I think this will be a short period of time. All this will pass and there will be normal life. We will be able to communicate with each other and work together,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.

Answering a question about the situation with the incidence of coronavirus infection at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the Archpastor said:

“Who can count the sick? We are all sick: everyone has their own illness. Yes, there are people whose temperature rose and then dropped. Today it was one, tomorrow it will be another. This is life. Moreover, the transitional season is now – from winter to spring – everyone is always sick. But now, no matter what happens: an ear hurts – “It is coronavirus!”, a leg hurts – “It is coronavirus!” Everyone suspects coronavirus. And it had nothing to do with any of it. No need to slander it for no reason…

People get sick, get well, it is all glory to God. Some die. So [people] always die. But most of those who die, perhaps they have become sick with coronavirus, but this disease goes together with some serious previous illness: diabetes mellitus or serious heart diseases. Such people cannot endure it. And those who are treated in a timely manner, recover and work again and pray.”

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