The Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, who passed away on November 7, was a man of dialogue and a lover of peace, said Pope Francis.
According to the news portal of the Holy See, Vatican News, the Pope remembered the late primate of the Church of Cyprus during Wednesday’s General Audience, and turned his thoughts to the Cypriot people mourning the death of Chrysostomos II.
“He was a far-sighted pastor, a man of dialogue and a lover of peace, who tried to promote reconciliation between the different communities of the country”, said the Pope, who remembered with “grateful affection” the “fraternal meetings” they held during his visit to Cyprus in December 2021.
It is further added that the spirit of mutual brotherhood between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church of Cyprus was further strengthened by Pope Francis’ visit to Cyprus, where he met the late Orthodox Primate and the Holy Synod in the Orthodox cathedral.
On that occasion, the Pope thanked the late Archbishop for his “open heart” and for his commitment to promoting dialogue between the two Churches.
Condolences by the Greek State
The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the country’s Prime Minister, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and other officials of the Greek government expressed their condolences for the loss of Archbishop Chrysostomos II in their letters to the caretaker of the Church of Cyprus, Bishop of Paphos, Georgios, the Embassy of Greece in Cyprus said in a press release. The country’s Education Minister, Niki Kerameus, too, said in a tweet that the Archbishop had worked “with self-sacrifice for the good of the Church of Cyprus, the homeland and Hellenism”.
Greece’s Ambassador to Nicosia, Ioannis Papameletiou, signed on Wednesday the book of condolence opened at the office of the late Archbishop, extending his condolences. The Ambassador wrote that the late Archbishop’s contribution to the Church of Cyprus and his flock was “of historical dimensions” while his fortitude, steadfastness and devotion to national duty will be a source of inspiration “for eternity”.
The late Archbishop, who had been leading the Church of Cyprus since 2006, passed away on Monday morning at the age of 81 in his residence in Nicosia, due to cancer. His funeral will take place on Saturday, in Nicosia, in the presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Source: Cyprus News Agency