Greek Cypriots to hold landmark Easter Mass in Famagusta

17 April, 16:39

    The church of St. George in Famagosta The church of St. George in Famagosta

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA - Greek Cypriots have been authorized to hold a Good Friday mass at a church in the Turkish-held town of Famagusta on divided Cyprus for the first time in decades, as local media report. Famagusta mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos said Friday's landmark service at Saint George Exorinos church will send a message of reconciliation on one of the most important dates in the Greek Orthodox calendar. It will be the Famagusta church's first Easter service for almost 60 years, said Galanos who joined forces with Turkish Cypriot Mayor Oktay Kayalp to organize the mass expected to draw about 4,000 worshippers. "This event is bigger than any of us," Galanos told reporters on Wednesday. "A message of reconciliation will be given through this service." Because of intercommunal troubles before the island gained independence from Britain in 1960, religious services at St George Exorinos stopped 58 years ago. (ANSAmed).

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