FILE - Cyprus' Orthodox Christian church Archbishop Chrysostomos II speaks to the media during a press conference in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus on Sept. 30, 2011. Chrysostomos has died. The state-run Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported his death Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
NICOSIA – His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, died on Monday November 7, at the age of 81 after battling cancer for the last four years.
The medical announcement said that the late Archbishop “passed peacefully after facing the trial of his ailment with courage, patience, and Christian endurance” at 6:40 AM Monday.
It also stated that “all those were close to him during the difficult hours of his ailment experienced his humility, kindness, and deep faith as well as his concern for his flock.”
His Funeral Service will take place on Saturday at St. Barnabas Cathedral officiated by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with whom Archbishop Chrysostomos maintained a close friendship for many years. He supported the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Patriarch Bartholomew wholeheartedly on major ecclesiastical issues such as the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church which was convened in Crete Greece in 2016 as well as the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Archbishop Chrysostomos will be buried in a crypt beneath the cathedral according to his wishes. He had prepared his grave while he was alive.
Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the Archbishop from religious and civil leaders around the world. The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades hailed Chrysostomos’ “massive body of reforms for Orthodoxy and the Church as well as the well-being of our people.”
Born on April 10, 1941, Chrysostomos’ religious calling came early when he joined Cyprus’ famous monastery of Saint Neophytos as a lay-brother right after completing primary school. He steadily rose through the church’s ranks until 1978, when he was enthroned bishop of his native prefecture of Paphos.
As archbishop Chrysostomos shored up church finances and enacted a string of reforms, including restoring the church’s decision-making independence by bolstering the Holy Synod with the ordination of new bishops and the drafting of a new constitution.
Chrysostomos also opened a church office at the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels and was a strong supporter of closer relations between the Orthodox and Catholic churches.
“I want to do real work, not just for show. I came and I’ll eventually be gone, so I want to leave something behind for this country, that’s what matters,” Chrysostomos told state broadcaster CyBC in 2022.
The late Archbishop was a strong critic of the Turks who invaded and illegally occupied the country in 1974 and for a number of years was not permitted to visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.
NICOSIA — Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who they'll expect to decisively steer the small island nation through shifting geopolitical sands and uncertain economic times that have become people's overriding concern, eclipsing stalemated efforts to remedy the country's ethnic division.
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