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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-11-05

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PAPADOPOULOS - ARCHBISHOP - CONGRATULATIONS
  • [02] NEW ARCHBISHOP - MESSAGE
  • [03] HOUSE PRESIDENT - NEW ARCHBISHOP

  • [01] PAPADOPOULOS - ARCHBISHOP - CONGRATULATIONS

    Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has congratulated the newly-elected Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Bishop of Paphos Chrysostomos.

    In a telephone conversation, as Chrysostomos was speaking to the press after his election, the President wished him every success in the high office he is assuming.

    Paphos Bishop assured the President that he could rely on him for cooperation between the Church and the State.

    ``President Papadopoulos has sent me his wishes and said he hopes that the Church will regain its tarnished prestige, lost in the past months and years,`` the new Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus said, at the end of the brief telephone conversation.

    Chrysostomos said that any problems that may exist will soon be sorted out.

    "As of today we open a new chapter between the Church and the Presidency. I would be happy with successes you have for the good of the country and its people," the new Archbishop said to the President.

    Chrysostomos received 73 votes, his only opponent Limassol Bishop Athanasios got 57, with one invalid vote. The enthronment of the new Archbishop will probably take place next Sunday.

    [02] NEW ARCHBISHOP - MESSAGE

    Newly elected Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Bishop of Paphos Chrysostomos, has called on everybody to work together for the benefit of the Church and assured people, clergy and laymen, that he would be there for them.

    Speaking at the Archbishopric before members of the Holy Synod and others, Chrysostomos thanked all those who have worked so hard, in particular the Bishop of Limassol Athansios his only opponent in the last phase of the election process and Bishop of Kykkou Nikiforos who, once left out of the electoral process, gave his backing to Chrysostomos.

    I would like to thank my brothers in God, in particular the Bishop of Limassol and the Abbot of Kykko, because today I was elected to the post of Archbishop with their votes, he said, in his first message after the official announcement of his electoral victory.

    Chrysostomos got 73 votes and Athanasios 57, out of the 131 people of voted. One vote was invalid.

    The new Archbishop assured that he would cooperate fully with them because there is a lot of work to do within the Church. I need everybodys help and I would like to believe that your effort and love for the Church does not stop here, he added.

    He stressed that the door of his office will always be open for everybody and concluded I will be everybodys father, brother and friend, assuring people that he would serve them and would be there for them when they need his help.

    The election outcome was the conclusion of a long and complex process that began at the end of September and went through various phases.

    [03] HOUSE PRESIDENT - NEW ARCHBISHOP

    Demetris Christofias, President of the House of Representatives, has congratulated the newly-elected Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Paphos Bishop Chrysostomos.

    In a telephone conversation, Christofias congratulated Chrysostomos on his election, and wished him that through his work he will succeed in unifying the Cyprus Church for the benefit of Cyprus and its people.

    Chrysostomos got 73 votes against 57 gained by his only opponent Limassol Bishop Athanasios.


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