Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church in Cyprushttp://www.famagusta-gazette.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=123&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=8710&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2350&hn=famagusta-gazette&he=.com
FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE 18.MAY.09
The Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland Savvas, continues his official visit to Cyprus today with a meeting with President Demetris Christofias.
Savvas was awarded Sunday by the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II the highest honor of the Church of Cyprus, the gold medal of the founder of the church Apostle Barnabas.
Metropolitan Savvas offered Archbishop Chrysostomos breastplates and a cross, noting that the official medal of the Polish Church will be awarded to him during his visit to Poland.
In his address, Chrysostomos said that Savvas’ visit “marks the beginning of a new period of closer relations between the two Churches».
He also referred to the history of the Church of Cyprus and to the problem of invasion and occupation of Cyprus’ northern part by Turkey, with particular reference to the destruction of religious monuments by the occupation regime.
«Five hundred or more churches in the occupied areas are silent for 35 years. Some have been demolished, some have been converted into mosques, warehouses, animal stables, some have been left to the elements, destroyed as time passes. And all of these with the tolerance of `civilized` humanity,” he said.
Metropolitan of Warsaw Savvas noted, inter alia, that all the Orthodox Churches and all good-willed people advocate the reunification of the island, which is the goal of the Church of Cyprus.