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Archbishop of America arrives to Cyprus
2006-01-24 16:37:04

Larnaca, Jan 24 (CNA) -- Archbishop of America Demetrios arrived here today on an official visit, at the invitation of Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, expressing his warmest and whole-hearted wishes for progress, blessing and success to the people of Cyprus.

In statements at Larnaca airport, Demetrios conveyed the love and whole-hearted greetings of the approximately two million Greeks living in America, adding that the Cyprus people, despite all calamities, managed to stand up.

Welcoming Demetrios on behalf of Cyprus President, Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades said “we know your struggles for Cyprus and your great offer at this struggle. The Cyprus people feel particular joy and gratitude for you help and we look forward for you to continue these efforts because Cyprus needs you,” he added.

On behalf of the Holy Synod, Demetrios was welcomed by Paphos Bishop Chrysostomos, who described the presence of Arcbishop Demetrios to Cyprus of “particular importance”.

“You are a distinguished prelate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who serves a big country, the US, the only superpower, and your presence here has a particular importance because decisions are taken there for the entire world.”

“We know your efforts for Cyprus,” Paphos Bishop said, assuring that the Cyprus people are grateful to you personally and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for your services for the nation.

In his statement, Archbishop of America thanked President Papadopoulos, the Cyprus government and the Holy Synod of the Cyprus Church for this “honouring invitation.”

He said that the Orthodox Greek people follows all these years with a lot of love, concern and care developments in a substantive and active way.

Demetrios said that his visit to Cyprus is a pilgrimage to Cyprus and its people, who stood up and survived in a way which was always peaceful and served the principles of peace, truth and justice.

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