Support for Cyprus Christians25 June 2012
The head of Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged to help save the Christian heritage of northern Cyprus, which was invaded and occupied by Turkey in 1974.
"At this time of trial, I raise my voice in defence of Christian holy sites and am ready to discuss joint moves to preserve Christianity in this region," Patriarch Kirill told the Orthodox Holy Synod in Nicosia during a visit to the divided Mediterranean island.
The Patriarch held a joint service with Archbishop Chrysostomos II at Ayia Sofia church in Nicosia on Sunday. The Archbishop said that Cyprus anticipated Russia's support in bringing peace and unity to Cyprus. Patriarch Kirill said: "The Lord will offer the much-awaited peace, restore the united state of Cyprus and give back to the Cypriot Church the churches which for the time being are inaccessible."
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