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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Middle Eastern primates to meet in Cyprus to discuss the future of Christians in the region

October 17, 2013 News

17/10/13 October 15, 2013. ( The primates of the increasingly fragile Greek Orthodox Churches in the Middle East plan to meet in Cyprus to talk about their future in the region.        The meeting is still being planned out, but the main topic of discussion will be the instability in Syria and Egypt. […]

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Arrests for church theft

October 15, 2013 News

Cyprus- 15/10/13 POLICE have arrested a married couple in connection with the theft of mainly silver church items. Paphos CID believe they have found stolen items that link the Syrian man and Polish woman, both 37, to eight churches in the Paphos district, as well as to a church in Kilani in Limassol. Paphoc CID […]

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Cyprus:The Repatriation of Byzantine Icons Stolen after Turkish Invasion

October 11, 2013 Featured News

Sotiria Nikolouli – 11/10/13 The Turkish invasion in Cyprus happened in 1974 and at some point, six Byzantine icons were stolen. After about 40 years, the repatriation of the stolen items finally takes place. There are elements which demonstrate that these six images had been part of the spoils of a Turkish antiquity collector Aintin […]

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Apostolos Andreas restoration deal signed

September 19, 2013 Featured News

19/9/13 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed on Tuesday two contribution agreements with the Church of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot religious foundation Evkaf, marking the beginning of much-delayed plans to restore the crumbling Apostolos Andreas monastery in the Karpas peninsula. The UNDP said both the Church of Cyprus and Evkaf signed two contribution […]

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Looted icons seized by Dutch Government return to Cyprus

September 19, 2013 News

Bloomberg – 19/9/13 The  Dutch government seized four icons looted from a monastery in northern Cyprus and will hand them to Cypriot authorities, according to Walk of Truth, an organisation that campaigns to preserve cultural heritage. “The  Netherlands should be congratulated for this,” said Tasoula Hadjitofi, founder of Walk of Truth. The 16th-century icons portraying […]

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Archbishop rallies BoC shareholders

August 31, 2013 News

By Elias Hazou – 31/8/13 ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos took centre stage yesterday at a gathering of old Bank of Cyprus (BoC) shareholders making a play for control of the lender. By a show of hands, hundreds of ordinary shareholders – many of whom were all but wiped out after the bank was bailed-in to recapitalize it […]

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