Cyprus

Armenian Cypriots make pilgrimage to Sourp Magar Monastery

May 22, 2014 Featured News

PanARMENIAN Network – May 2014 PanARMENIAN.Net – The Office of the Representative of the Armenian Community, Vartkes Mahdessian, in cooperation with the Armenian Prelacy of Cyprus, led the seventh annual pilgrimage to the Sourp Magar Monastery (Magaravank) on Sunday, May 18. The first visit was on May 6, 2007, when the Armenian-Cypriot community visited the […]

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Orthodox Church of Cyprus Lashes Out Against Gay Pride

May 20, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The Holy Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Christian-Orthodox Church in Cyprus, made a statement lashing out against homosexuality, after activists announced the country’s first gay pride festival set to take place May 31. The Holy Synod said it looks at people trying to give homosexuality social and legal acceptance with “concern […]

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INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER EXARCHY IN CYPRUS

May 18, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 On the morning of Saturday the 27th of April/10th, the church of the Holy Sepulcher Exarchy was inaugurated in Cyprus, followed by the Divine Liturgy. The Exarchy building lies at a short distance from the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus. It was built on land belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and within the older […]

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INAUGURATION CEREMONY FOR THE CHURCH OF THE EXARCHY OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER IN CYPRUS

May 9, 2014 News

Jerusalem Patriarchate – May 2014 The Exarchy of the Holy Sepulcher in Cyprus would like to inform all those interested that Matins and the Inauguration Ceremony for its Church will be held on Saturday, the 10th of May 2014, at 7:00 am, in honour of the Ascension of the Lord and in memory of St Philoumenos, […]

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Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta

April 23, 2014 Featured News

23/4/14 Thousands of Greek Cypriots, most refugees, flocked to the Ayios Giorgos Exorinos church in Famagusta where they attended a Good Friday service at their historical place of worship for the first time in decades. The service, the first since 1957 at the church in the medieval town, should send a message of hope and […]

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SCHEDULE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE HOLY LIGHT IN CYPRUS ON HOLY SATURDAY

April 14, 2014 Featured News

April 2014 The Exarchy of the Holy Sepulcher in Cyprus would like to inform the Orthodox faithful that, upon the blessing of His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Cyprus, the Holy Light shall be transferred to Cyprus from Jerusalem on the Holy Saturday, namely the 19th of May 2014. The Holy Light shall be carried […]

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Donates to Cephalonia and Cyprus Donates to Cephalonia and Cyprus

March 4, 2014 Featured News

Iro-Anna Mamakouka – March 2014 The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offered 25,000 dollars for the earthquake victims of Cephalonia, western Greece. According to the Archdiocese of America, the Archbishop Demetrios of America sent the financial assistance of 25,000 dollars to the Holy Metropolis of Cephalonia, in order to boost the needs of Cephalonia’s earthquake […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus

March 2, 2014 News

March 2014 On 24-25 February 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, visited Cyprus with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. On February 24, the DECR chairman visited the Bishopric of Tamassos and Orini of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. Metropolitan […]

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This year may see return of all Dikmen stolen treasures

January 19, 2014 Featured News
Part of the treasures stolen by Aydin Dikmen

Cyprus-Mail- 19/1/14 THE process for the return to Cyprus of artefacts linked to the case of antiquities plundered by Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen is expected to be completed this year, according to Bishop of Neapolis Porfyrios, the head of the Office of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the EU. In an […]

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Church tight-lipped over €50m investor

January 19, 2014 News

By Elias Hazou – January 2014 Cyprus-Mail ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos has said the Church has secured a €50m loan from a foreign investor – but is it another flash in the pan? The wheeler-dealer Archbishop, who first broke the news to reporters last week, has steadfastly refused to name the investor, whose identity remains a mystery. […]

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First and foremost a man of God but the Church still needs money

January 19, 2014 Featured News

Cyprus-Mail January 2014 Archbishop Chrysostomos II on Friday denied suggestions that he was neglecting his spiritual work to concentrate on the Church’s finances. “This is not true and these comments have been made by people who have nothing to do with the Church nor do they know what we do,” he said. Speaking to the […]

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Greek Cypriot archbishop rejects Turkish Cypriot state

December 28, 2013 Featured News

27/12/13 Greek Cypriot archbishop Chrysostomos II said ‘for us, a Turkish Cypriot state means annexation, which nobody wants.’ Chrysostomos II, the archbishop of the Greek Cypriot administration of southern Cyprus, said that it did not matter whether or not Turkey recognized his country while speaking on a local radio station. The Greek Orthodox archbishop said […]

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Famagusta church ‘re-opens’

December 12, 2013 Featured News

December 2013 Hundreds flocked to the mediaeval Ayios Georgios Eksorinos church in occupied Famagusta, for the first Greek Orthodox service in 56 years, described as the largest gathering of Greek-Cypriot faithful in a service held in the occupied territories since 1974. Ayios Georgios Eksorinos, situated within the walled city, had been abandoned from 1957 because […]

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Cyprus cultural heritage the basis of a common future, Technical Committee says

December 4, 2013 News

4/12/13 They approach mosques and churches with the same love and awe, stressing that Cyprus’ cultural heritage, not just places of religious worship, is very important both for the island itself as well as for the whole of humanity. Denia mosque and Panagia church in Trachoni village are two of the projects the Technical Committee […]

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Cultural SOS

November 30, 2013 News

Cyprus- 30/11/13 Politicians from both sides of the divide agreed yesterday that urgent action needs to be taken to restore the threatened cultural heritage of Cyprus before it is too late. They were speaking after a joint visit to the Orthodox Monastery of St Panteleimon in occupied Myrtou and the Armenian monastery of Sourp Magar […]

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State funeral for Cyprus’ ex-president Clerides

November 20, 2013 Featured News

MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS – Associated Press (AP) 20/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Amid applause and shouts of respect, Cyprus’s former President Glafcos Clerides was laid to rest Tuesday after politicians, dignitaries and hundreds of ordinary Cypriots paid their last respects to the man whose statesmanship was the driving force behind the divided country’s successful European Union […]

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Largest haul of repatriated church icons, mosaics returned to Cyprus after nearly 4 decades

November 12, 2013 Featured News
A Christian Orthodox priest looks at returned looted icons at the Byzantine Museum in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The largest haul of looted church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus has been officially welcomed after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of 173 items stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the Turkish Cypriot northern part Cyprus. The island was ethnically split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The Associated Press and Menelaos Hadjicostis – 12/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus – The largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus were officially welcomed Tuesday after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of the 173 items that were stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the […]

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The state is right to listen to the Church

November 11, 2013 Featured News

11/11/13 The views expressed in your Opinion section (Cyprus Mail, Saturday, November 2) regarding the Church and the formation of civil laws do not seem like very rational opinions to hold. It is rightfully stated that the Republic of Cyprus is a secular state. The opinion fails to admit, though, that there exists any kind […]

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Church gives president ‘wholehearted support’

October 31, 2013 Featured News

Elias Hazou – 31/10/13 Cyprus: CHURCH leaders yesterday gave President Anastasiades their “wholehearted support” for a renewed peace drive aimed at ending the island’s decades-long division. Speaking on behalf of the Holy Synod, Archbishop Chrysostomos told Anastasiades he could rest assured that he has full support of the Church in the “tough task ahead of […]

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Elderly and churches targeted in Limassol thefts

October 31, 2013 News

 Stefanos Evripidou – October 2013 Cyprus A 20-YEAR OLD man was remanded in custody for two days on Saturday by the Limassol district court in connection with an attack on a 70-year-old kiosk owner who was robbed of €30. Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said statements were taken implicating the 20-year-old Greek Cypriot in the […]

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Orthodox Bishop allowed to visit northern Cyprus in exchange for a Mufti’s visit to the south of the island

October 28, 2013 Featured News

28/10/13 A Bishop of the Church of Cyprus has been allowed to venerate Relics and Shrines in that part of his Diocese which is situated in the area of the island, occupied by Turks. In 1974 Turkey encroached upon the territory of Cyprus and occupied 40 percent of the island. On October 16, Bishop Christopher of Karpasia, who for […]

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