Chrysostomos II of Cyprus
Archbishop Chrysostomos (Chrysostom) II, Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus (Greek: Χρυσόστομος Β΄, born Ηρόδοτος Δημητρίου, Hēródotos Dēmētríou on 10 April 1941) is the incumbent Archbishop of Cyprus. He was born in Tala village, Paphos.
At the age of 10 he lost his father and two years later, after finishing his elementary education, he joined the monastery of Ayios Neophytos in Paphos. He also attended Paphos Gymnasium, graduating in 1963. On 3 November, of the same year, he was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Trimithounda, Georgios.
For five years, he served as trustee of the monastery and also worked on a ranch. In 1968 he enrolled in the Theological School of the University of Athens and graduated in 1972. On 19 October 1972, he was elected as the hegumen (abbot) of the Monastery of St. Neophytos. On 12 November 1972, he was ordained a presbyter and was elevated to hegumen by Archbishop Makarios III.
Resistance to ecclesiastical coup
Election as Metropolitan of Paphos
He was elected Metropolitan (Bishop) of Paphos on 25 February 1978, and his episcopal consecration took place on 26 February 1978. During his time as a bishop he represented the Autocephalous of the Church of Cyprus in many conferences abroad, dedicated fifty new regional temples and chapels in the Paphos District, and maintained and attended all the churches of his metropolitan periphery. He also founded five Byzantine museums which contain the church treasures of the Paphos District. He played an important role in confronting and correcting irregularities and mismanagement in the Archdiocese, helping to preserve the Ecclesiastical fortune.
Election as Archbishop of Cyprus
When Archbishop Chrysostomos I was removed from office (due to illness), Metropolitan Chrysostomos was elected as locum tenens, and Archiepiscopal elections were set for 24 September 2006. In October 2006, Metropolitan Chrysostomos became the new Archbishop of Cyprus as Chrysostomos II.
Chrysostomos II is known for his social conservatism and patriotic values. He has opposed illegal immigration into Cyprus, branding illegal immigrants as 'interlopers who do not belong on the island' and shares some views with the Cyprus' National People’s Front (ELAM). In 2014 he called for politicians to condemn homosexuality and claimed governments demonstrated 'weakening moral integrity' by introducing civil partnerships and same-sex marriage. His comments were attacked by Cypriot MEP Andreas Pitsillides as 'racist and homophobic' and stated 'I emphatically stress these are clearly against the spirit of the Gospel of love of Christ and certainly violate all European and international treaties protecting human rights against any form of discrimination based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation'. Another MEP, Ulrike Lunacek, claimed the Orthodox Church was 'detached from reality'.
Chrysostomos II was received during a private Papal audience with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican city-state.[when?] Their discussions involved the safety of Christians in the Middle East as a result of an ongoing political tension between warring countries.
On 20 March 2013, it was reported that Chrysostomos II said he would put the Cyprus Orthodox Church's assets at the country's disposal to help pull the country out of its financial crisis. He said the church was willing to mortgage its assets to invest in government bonds. However, there is no evidence that such a move has taken place.
- Archbishop Chrysostomos II: Our enemy is Ankara, not N. Cypriot Turks. Hurriyet.
- Biography of Archbishop Chrysostomos II Church of Cyprus official website, retrieved 06-06-2010
- Cyprus archbishop says will put church assets at country's disposal to help emerge from crisis. FoxNews.com. Published: 20 March 2013.
- Archbishop of Cyprus calls for 'national bond', offers assets. Famagusta-Gazette.com. Published: 20 March 2013.
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