Greek Cypriot archbishop rejects Turkish Cypriot state

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 ‘The entire world ...

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

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 Turkish Cypriot ...

Church ready to pay up for monastery restoration

10/4/13 THE CHURCH of Cyprus is ready to pay to restore the crumbling Apostolos Andreas monastery in the occupied Karpas peninsula, Archbishop Chrysostomos II said yesterday. The church is expected to put in the €2.5 million necessary for the first phase of a three-stage restoration process that is due to cost in total an estimated €6.0 million. The ...

A triumph of bicommunal collaboration

Stefanos Evripidou - 2/2/13 REACHING AGREEMENT on restoration work for the decaying monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the Karpas peninsular was a triumph of bicommunal collaboration and positive thinking, said Takis Hadjidemetriou, a member of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage yesterday. “This is a watershed moment. Only through the cooperation of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots ...

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 ...

Historic monastery in Cyprus near collapse

22/2/2012 A historic monastery where an apostle of Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles is close to caving in and needs immediate repairs, the leader of Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church said Monday. Archbishop Chrysostomos II urged Greek Cypriot pilgrims not to travel to the Apostolos Andreas — or Saint Andrew — monastery in the island’s ...

Cyprus Archbishop seeks the intervention of the King of Jordan

CAROL AMENT / FG ONLINE 19/8/2011 Achbishop Chrysostomos will fly to Jordan next Saturday and will ask the Jordanian King to intervene to the Turkish government in order to allow priests hold masses in the northern part of Cyprus. The Church of Cyprus has asked that Orthodox priests be allowed to hold mass in the northern part of ...

Archbishop Chrysostomos II meets Pope Benedict

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE 29/3/2011 Pope Benedict XVI has assured the primate of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II that he will help in any way possible to reverse a Turkish Cypriot demand for an admission fee to enter a Greek Orthodox monastery, in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus. The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, which no country except Turkey recognises, ...

Cyprus: USCIRF Faults Turkish Cypriot Authorities for Closing Church on Christmas

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed concern that Greek Orthodox Christians were refused the right to celebrate a Christmas Liturgy service in the village of Rizokarpaso, in the area of the Republic of Cyprus under the control of Turkish troops and administered by Turkish Cypriot authorities. Turkish Cypriot police entered the ...

Turkish Cypriot side throws Karpasia worshippers out of Christmas Day Mass

By Natalie Hami 28/12/2010 WIDESPREAD condemnation continued yesterday over the Turkish Cypriot side’s interruption and cancellation of services at a church in occupied Rizokarpasso on Christmas Day. The government plans to take the issue to the UN and the EU. The Turkish side stopped the Saturday ervice on the pretext that no application had been made for permission ...