Washington, DC – President Joe Biden on Tuesday mourned the death of Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus and New Justinian, who, he said, “was a dedicated leader who never shied away from speaking up for the most vulnerable communities in Cyprus”.
“He was also steadfast in his commitment to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Cyprus. In 2014, I had the honor of meeting with the Archbishop in Nicosia. I was touched by his compassion-he was a leader dedicated to interfaith dialogue and committed to unity among all religious communities in Cyprus. Jill and I offer our deepest condolences to Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, the Republic of Cyprus, and all those who followed or were positively impacted by the Archbishop’s spiritual guidance”, the President statement concludes.
The primate of the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus reposed in the Lord on Monday at the age 81, following a prolonged battle with cancer. The archbishop’s funeral will be held on Nov. 12. in the presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.