The Primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Cyprus, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II, reposed in the Lord Monday morning at 81 after a long battle with cancer.
According to an announcement published on the Church’s official website, Archbishop Chrysostomos died peacefully on Monday at 6.40 a.m.
“His Beatitude passed away peacefully after having faced the trial of his illness with courage, patience and Christian fortitude.”
“What those of us who were close to him during the difficult hours of his illness experienced was his humility, the gentleness of his soul and his deep faith as well as his concern for his flock,” wrote the physicians who treated Archbishop Chrysostomos.
“His Beatitude was a prominent and important figure of the Church of Cyprus. He left a legacy of work which is characterized by insight, boldness, the promotion and respect and restoration of the Church’s historical tradition along with innovative changes, always aiming for the unity and unity of the Church,” doctors Iosif Kasios, Dimitris Papamihail, Petros Agathangelou and Mihalis Protopapas noted.
The doctors said they will always be accompanied by the Archbishop’s “forthrightness, kindness, gentleness and smile.”
Archbishop Chrysostomos was born on 10 April 1941 in the village of Tala, Paphos region, Cyprus. He was enthroned to the dignity of Archbishop of New Justinian and All Cyprus on 1 October 2006.
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus is an Autocephalous Church, and its territory consists of the island of Cyprus. The Autocephaly of the Church of Cyprus was established at the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431.
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