By Andria Kades
Cyprus marked 38 years since the death of Archbishop Makarios on Monday by organising several events in his memory.
Blood donations were made throughout the day at all hospital blood banks while Paphos Bishop Georgios was to be the main speaker during an event in his memory called “I don’t forget…the fight continues.”
During the memorial service on Sunday marking Makarios’ death on August 3, 1977, DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said Makarios III was “too great for his time” and a part of him lived on in everyone.
Referring to Makarios’ tenure as an Archbishop, Papadopoulos said his work to convert thousands of people from Africa to Christianity is largely unknown while as a political leader he fought to free the country from the British rule with the EOKA struggle and for 10 years to thwart Turkey’s plans.
He described as a unique man who was “grand yet simple, unapproachable yet friendly…flexible and uncompromising, an idealist but at the same time a realist”.
“Makarios’ premature death was the tragic epilogue of the worst chapter of our modern history.”
During the memorial, dignitaries lay wreaths on behalf of the president, the church, the House president and all the political parties.
Iacovos Constantinides, Efthivoulos Iacovides and Makarios Evangelou lay the wreaths on behalf of Makarios’ family.