Cyprus Mail

Pope to visit ‘as soon as possible’

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis


Pope Francis told President Nicos Anastasiades during a telephone conversation on Monday that he would visit Cyprus as soon as circumstances allow.

During the call, Anastasiades told the pope the Cypriot government would donate €40,000 to the Roman Catholic Community of St Aegidius and the Caritas charity  “as a practical proof of solidarity and support, as well as an indication of the deep friendship and ties that connect Cyprus with the Holy See,” government spokesman Kyriacos Koushios said on Monday.

He added that Anastasiades also reiterated his invitation to the pope to pay an official visit to Cyprus, when conditions allow.

During Anastasiades official visit to the Vatican last November, the pope accepted his invitation to visit Cyprus this year, which would also coincide with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.



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