Church tight-lipped over €50m investor

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. Whereas initially the Prelate ...

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 ...

Church gives president ‘wholehearted support’

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 you”. The comments ...

Archbishop rallies BoC shareholders

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 ...

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 ...