Category Archives: Cyprus

EU investigating charges of destruction of mosaics in Turkish-occupied Cyprus

February 7, 2020. In response to a written statement by Cypriot Euro-Deputy Costas Mavridis denouncing the deliberate abandonment and destruction of the mosaics of the Church of St. Eulalios in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, the relevant European Union commission has already taken up the matter, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency. The commission’s cultural heritage committee has already begun investigating the fate […]

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Orthodox cemetery desecrated in Cyprus

August 23, 2017. An act of vandalism was committed on the evening of Thursday, August 17, in a cemetery in the village of Kalavasos on the island of Cyprus, 37 miles south of the capital city of Nicosia. Tombstones of Orthodox Cypriots were subjected to desecration and destruction, many covered with Nazi and Satanic symbols, and some of the crosses […]

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Two Cypriot families suing Church because sons became monks

June 28, 2017 – Two local Greek Cypriot families have accused Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol, Abbot Epiphanios of Machairas Monastery, and the Cypriot Orthodox Church of pushing their sons into monasticism, suing them for a sum of 2 million euros ($2,271,200) as compensation for “moral damages,” reports Russian Athens. The judicial process, unusual for Orthodox countries, is set to begin on […]

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Cyprus Ombudsman interferes religious issues of Orthodox Church

September 23, 2016. Head of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, lashed out at the report submitted by Ombudsman Elisa Savvidou regarding the initiative of a state nursery school to take its students to worship holy relics at a parish church saying that she has overreached herself, as reports website. Speaking during Mega’s main news bulletin, the Archbishop […]

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Turkish Cypriot side restricts Orthodox church services in north

May 24, 2016. All Orthodox churches in the north will only be able to have religious ceremonies once a year from now on except for Apostolos Andreas, Apostolos Barnabas and Ayios Mamas following a new policy by the ‘foreign ministry’ in the north, as reports Cyprus Mail. Speaking to Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris, the ‘minister’ Tahsin Ertugruloglu said it was […]

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