Archbishop Visits North Cyprus
The Archbishop recently received a positive answer from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the restoration issue, which has tormented Orthodox leaders since the 1974 invasion of the country. A number of ancient monasteries are located in the north of Cyprus but have suffered structural damage after years of neglect.
During his historic visit, the Archbishop had a coffee with Ersan Caner, the Turkish-Cypriot 'tourism minister', reminiscing that when he was a child, he used to play with Turkish-Cypriot children in the area, according to state broadcaster RIK. It is the first time an Archbishop of the Cyprus Orthodox Church has visited the occupied areas.
The Apostolos Andreas Monastery church was built in the 14th Century during the Lusignan period and is a popular pilgrimmage destination for the Orthodox faithful.