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 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 ...

Church urges people to engage in charitable activities

May - 2013  CYPRUS THE COUNTRY’S deep economic difficulties give people the opportunity to engage in charitable activity, Archbishop Chrysostomos II said in his Easter message reiterating the Church’s willingness to donate its assets to help exit the crisis. “The Church… is making available to the people all of its fortune so that they do not suffer and ...

Historic day for Apostolos Andreas

February 2013 RESTORATION WORK on the dilapidated monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the Karpas peninsula will finally begin after an agreement was signed yesterday between the Church of Cyprus and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The monastery will be restored according to a study prepared by the University of Patra in Greece. The work will be ...

UN expert wants access to Cyprus’ religious sites

5/4/2012 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A U.N. expert says more needs to be done to allow worshippers free and unfettered access to religious sites on the ethnically divided island of Cyprus. Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, said Thursday the situation has improved some after crossings linking the island's Turkish-speaking north and ...

Eroglu: Turkish Cypriots are more “pure” than the Greek Cypriots

Eroglu: There are Turkish people in Cyprus since 1571. We are more pure than the Greeks, because we know where we came from

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE 5/4/2012 THE TURKISH CYPRIOT leader Dervis Eroglu has made one of his most provocative statements to date when he claimed Turkish Cypriots are more “pure” than the Greek Cypriots because “we know where we have come from, but I honestly do not know where they came from”. According to the daily Gunes newspaper, he alleged ...

Turkish, Greek Cypriots agree to renovate monastery in Karpaz

23/2/2012 Turkish and Greek Cypriots have agreed to launch a joint renovation project for a Greek Orthodox monastery in Cyprus, a senior Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. Turkish and Greek Cypriots have agreed to launch a joint renovation project for a Greek Orthodox monastery in Cyprus, a senior Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. "We have received a ...

Our View: Despite Prelate’s views, Church’s political role less than Exemplary

13/9/2011 ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos knows very well how to dominate the headlines. He illustrated this talent once again on Friday, when he explained to a small group of youths, invited to the Archbishopric, how he planned to save Cyprus. His comments after the meeting sparked a political debate that was still dominating the current affairs shows yesterday. ...