Nearly 20 thousand Catholics that either work or are married in Cyprus are expected to attend Pope Benedict’s holy liturgy on June 6 at the Eleftheria Stadium in Nicosia, during Pope Benedict’s official three day visit to Cyprus. Pope Benedict XVI will become the first Pontiff to visit the island of Cyprus. Seven thousand people are expected to be in the stadium, as this is its maximum capacity, while 13 thousand will be standing outside.
This visit was warmly welcomed by the ecclesiastical and political leadership in Cyprus, and is viewed as reciprocity to a prior visit to the Vatican of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias. The representative of the Archbishop Demosthenis Demosthenous, expressed the contentment of the Church of Cyprus for the Pope’s visit, which will facilitate “peace, symbiosis and the final reconciliation.”
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