Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus will be briefed by the director of the Cyprus Intelligence Service (CIS) on the issue related to the Russian-speaking Orthodox Christians lining in occupied Kyrenia, who allegedly participated in the Divine Liturgy officiated by a Russian-speaking priest.
Following press reports regarding the self-styled “Russian Orthodox Church of Northern Cyprus” and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint Georgios in Upper Kyrenia and at the Church of the Virgin Mary in the village of Klepini, the issue was a topic of discussion in the last meeting of the Holy Synod. The Metropolitan of Kyrenia informed the members of the Synod about the information he had collected regarding this issue.
The Archbishop of Cyprus assured that the Church of Cyprus would make representations to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’ since beyond the ecclesiastical infringements this issue is related to the national interest.
In a statement, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus said on Friday that, according to information collected by the Metropolitan of Kyrenia, there were 40 to 50 Russian-speaking people involved in this issue. He clarified that, if this number was accurate, the issue is not of particular concern, because they cannot set up a parish. However, he said that, if there were more people and they had the possibility to create one or more parishes, this would be a very worrying problem.