New Archbishop elected in Cyprus
Nicosia, Nov 6 -- Sunday November 5, 2006, marked a most significant milestone in the history of the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus: Bishop of Paphos Chrysostomos was elected new Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus, after a long and at times lively election campaign and a very lengthy and complex electoral procedure.
In his first comments once the election results had been officially announced, Chrysostomos talked about “a breath of fresh air at the Archbishopric” and said there would soon be changes within the Church.
He assured everybody that the doors of the Church will be open to all the people, adding that there is hard work awaiting him and his associates to pave the way for those changes considered necessary to put things right in the Church ranks.
“I shall cooperate and work with the democratically elected government in all respects. The question of Cyprus is the leading issue we are all concerned about,” he said, stressing that “the Church does not wish to get involved in politics but it will try to remain within the parameters of the Cyprus issue.”
Chrysostomos received on Sunday the congratulations of President Tassos Papadopoulos in a telephone conversation, wishing him also every success in the difficult task ahead.