Orthodox Church ready to support all refugees

ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos said on Tuesday the Church was ready to support refugees who come to Cyprus be they Christian or Muslim.

Commenting on Interior minister Socratis Hasikos’ controversial statements made last week that Cyprus would prefer to take in Christian Orthodox refugees, Chrysostomos said the minister was misunderstood. Hasikos himself later clarified that he only meant it in the sense that it would be easier for them to adjust.

“He had asked and I told him we have brotherly relations with the Church of Antioch and if Christians come we will welcome them with love, but that does not mean we will reject Muslims. They are God’s children too and of course we have expressed our intention to offer financial aid to the refugees and clothing on behalf of the Church,” he said.


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