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Coronavirus: Church has high expectations for Archbishop-president meeting

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The Church has high expectations from a meeting between the Archbishop and President Nicos Anastasiades at which the possibility of opening churches to congregations over Christmas and the New Year will be discussed, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

The meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Monday.

For now, church services are allowed but without congregations. This has led to an outcry from certain areas of the Church and last weekend saw services held in the Morphou district with worshippers and priests charged.

The situation will be reviewed at a Cabinet session on Wednesday, Petros Karayiannis, member of the group of scientific advisors and professor at the University of Nicosia said.

The decrees are valid for a number of days, he added, and the only person who can change them is the health minister following a decision of the Cabinet.

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