Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta

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 reunification, said ...

Church sticks to its guns on cremation

By Elias Hazou - November 2013 DESPITE continuing hostility from the Church, the government and parliament are pressing ahead with a bill authorising cremation in Cyprus. The legislation – languishing on paper since 2000 – was discussed again yesterday at the House interior committee, where it became clear that several issues still need ironing out. A representative of ...

Third-party assisted reproduction is adultery, says Church

4/10/13 THE CHURCH of Cyprus considers the use of eggs and sperm from third parties in assisted reproduction as adultery, MPs heard yesterday. Paphos Metropolitan Georgios said the Church rejected the notion of using surrogate mothers because they could bond emotionally with the baby and refuse to hand them over to the real parents. The Church also rejected ...

DISY boss receives Church’s blessing

Elias Hazou - 22/2/13 NICOS Anastasiades’ presidential candidacy yesterday got another endorsement, albeit this time from a non-secular – yet highly political – source. Archbishop Chrysostomos publicly lent his support to Anastasiades following a meeting with the DISY leader. “The country needs a strong government, and we shall stand by the government and Mr. Anastasiades,” the prelate told ...

Malas pledges to work with Church

Stefanos Evripidou - 13/2/13 THE AKEL-backed presidential candidate Stavros Malas yesterday pledged to work with the Church of Cyprus in forming policies to tackle the country’s division and economic woes. Following in the footsteps of his main opponent in the presidential race, DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, Malas yesterday met with Archbishop Chrysostomos II for over an hour. Despite ...