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Archbishop Demetrios to pay official visit to Cyprus
2006-01-02 10:09:59

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

New York, Dec 31 (CNA) - Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, will pay an official visit to Cyprus from 24 to 30 January 2006, at the invitation of the President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and the Holy Synod.

This is the first visit of a Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America to Cyprus.

During his visit Archbishop Demetrios will meet with President Papadopoulos and Acting Head of the Holy Synod, Paphos Bishop Chrysostomos.

He will also hold meetings with members of the Holy Synod, Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias, Foreign Minister George Iacovou and Education and Culture Minister Pefkios Georgiades.

President Papadopoulos will host an official dinner in his honour at the Presidential Palace on the first day of his visit to Cyprus.

Archbishop Demetrios will also meet with US Ambassador Ronald Schlicher and Greek Ambassador Demetris Rallis.

He will visit charity foundations, the graves of fighters of the 1955-59 EOKA struggle against the British colonial rule, the Pancyprian Lyceum and will give a lecture at the University of Cyprus.

Archbishop Demetrios will meet with Mayor of Nicosia Michalakis Zambelas who will hand over to him the golden key of the city. He will afterwards visit the cease-fire line in Nicosia.

He will visit the Bishoprics of Paphos, Kition, Limassol, Kyrenia and Morphou and meet with the Bishops.

He will also visit Throni, the place where the first President of the Republic Archbishop Makarios is buried and nearby Kykko Monastery.

He will leave Cyprus January 30, 2006.

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