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Archbishop: Christofias can go through our bank accounts if he likes

The Archbishop should stop talking about poor people and use his money to help them instead, former president says


Archbishop Chrysostomos on Thursday suggested to former President Demetris Christofias that he engage in a little self-reflection.

The Archbishop was responding to a dig Christofias had at him during the week saying the Church Primate was unable to control what came out of his mouth.

That comment had come after Chrysostomos on Sunday blamed the former president for razing the economy nearly to the ground, and what he had failed to finish off, would be accomplished by the central bank governor.

On Thursday the Archbishop, speaking after a service at the Ayios Neophytos monastery in Paphos on the feat of the Assumption, said: “A little self-reflection by Mr Christofias would not hurt”.

Christofias should engage in introspection because he was given a thriving and prosperous Cyprus and left behind a country where a good part of the population was hungry.

As for the former president’s comment that he himself was just being populist, the Primate said he never believed in such a thing.

What interests him, he said is to see people living happily and not being reduced to poverty.

Commenting on Christofias’ statement that the Church ought to use its millions to help the poor, Chrysostomos said the Church had been subjected to the same haircut as everyone else.

Going one step further, the Archbishop said Christofias could go to all the banks and all the Church accounts and take whatever is there.

“It’s his to take,” said the Archbishop. “I give my authorisation.”


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