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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-05

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    Pope Benedict XVI has wished for all the inhabitants of Cyprus to find the wisdom and strength needed to work together for a just settlement of issues remaining to be resolved. I will now join you in praying that all the inhabitants of Cyprus, with Gods help, will strive for peace and reconciliation, and to build for future generations a society distinguished by respect for the rights of all, including the inalienable rights to freedom of conscience and freedom of worship, the Pontiff said in his address to the Primate of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chysostomos II, during a courtesy visit to him.

    Addressing the Archbishop at the Archbishopric, the Pope said he was grateful for the support that the Church of Cyprus, through the clarity and openness of its contributions, has always given to the work of the Theological Dialogue. May the Holy Spirit guide and confirm this great ecclesial undertaking, which aims at restoring full and visible communion between the Churches of East and West, a communion to be lived in fidelity to the Gospel and the apostolic tradition, esteem for the legitimate traditions of East and West, and openness to the diversity of gifts by which the Spirit builds up the Church in unity, holiness and peace, he added.

    No one can remain indifferent to the need to support in every way possible the Christians of that troubled region, so that its ancient Churches can live in peace and flourish. The Christian communities of Cyprus can find a most fruitful area for ecumenical cooperation in praying and working together for peace, reconciliation and stability in the lands blessed by the earthly presence of the Prince of Peace, the Pope noted.

    On his part, Archbishop Chrysostomos expressed joy and a sense of honour for having the Pope in Cyprus. He said that in the two thousand years of its history our Church has experienced periods of great spiritual fruitfulness and splendour and its spiritually enlightened Bishops participated in all the Ecumenical Councils, at which they often played a leading role. He noted that despite the small numbers of its flock, the Church of Cyprus holds an eminent position in Orthodoxy and enjoys fraternal relations with all the Churches.

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