Former Archbishop of Cyprus passes away
Nicosia, Dec 22 – Former Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos I died on Saturday Dec 22nd. He was 80.
The Primate of the Cyprus Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II expressed his profound grief for the Former Archbishop’s death, noting that he was a highly spiritual personality, who offered a lot to the island during difficult times and History will remember him.
Chrysostomos I had been ill and incapacitated for the past years and was unable to perform his duties as the head of the Church.
His funeral took place on Christmas Eve at the Church of Panayia Evangelistria in Palouriotissa. The Holy Synod declared 30 days of mourning, during which flags will fly at half mast on all Church buildings.
Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed his deepest sorrow, noting the former Archbishop's contribution to the Church and to the struggle of the Cypriot people for justice.
''The late Archbishop has offered a lot and precious services to the Cyprus Church and to the struggle of the Cypriot Hellenism for national and physical survival and justification,'' President Papadopoulos said.
In his memory a book condolences was opened at the Archbishopric where political and religious leaders, foreign Ambassadors noted the spiritual fervency of his prayers but also of the intense way he was pursuing the Cyprus people's just causes.