Cypriot to Russian Church: keep out of breakaway north

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Source: Associated Press

By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ties between the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and its Russian counterpart frayed Friday over a series of services conducted by a Russian priest in the breakaway, Turkish Cypriot, north of the divided island nation.

The Cypriot church’s leader, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said he would ask the Russian Patriarch to put a stop to the services that have raised questions about the reasons why they’re being held for “40 or 50” Russian speakers.

The Archbishop said the Cypriot church doesn’t wish its Russian counterpart to meddle in its domestic affairs or create its own parishes on the island, especially in the north where the Cypriot church doesn’t have effective control of hundreds of Orthodox churches and other religious sites.

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