Archbishop Demetrios continues visit to Cyprus
Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) - A pontifical liturgy was held this morning at the Soteras (savior) Metropolitan Church in Larnaca for the feast of the translation of relics of Saint John Chrysostomos and the name day of Kition Bishop Chrysostomos, who later on hosted a lunch for his guests, among whom visiting Archbishop of All America Demetrios.
Archbishop Demetrios said, ''Our heart is full of love and appreciation for the Kition Bishop. We wish him many happy returns, long and blessed with much health and the continuation of his fruitful work.''
The Archbishop also visited the graves of fighters of the 1955-59 EOKA struggle against the British colonial rule and laid a wreath.
After touring the cells where EOKA fighters were held before being hanged, the Archbishop signed the visitors' book.
He was welcomed at the tombs, within the Central Prison premises, by Minister of Justice and Social Order Doros Theodorou and Deputy Director of the Central Prison Michalis Hadjidemetriou.
Archbishop Demetrios also visited the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia, the most historical school in the capital, from which the late Archbishop Makarios III graduated in 1936.
The Archbishop of All America expressed hope that education on the island would continue to develop, live and breathe an air of freedom and justice.
Addressing the students, Archbishop Demetrios said the Pancyprian Gymnasium was one of the best education institutions in the world and expressed the wishes of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the teachers and pupils for progress and well-being.
Headmaster of the Pancyprian Gymnasium Christos Ekkeshis referred to the school's history, noting that its foundations held the memory of the history and education of the island.
Archbishop Demetrios was welcomed at the school by Ekkeshis and Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades. He was later given a tour of the Crypt and Museum of the school. The Archbishop granted a series of books to enrich the school's library.
Referring to Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis, who will be playing in the Australian Open finals on Sunday, Archbishop Demetrios urged him ''to continue having faith in God, intensify his effort, and know that we are with him with many prayers and much love, and we expect him to be a winner.''