[Unofficial translation]

Message of His Beatitude
Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus
On the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Having followed publicly issued statements of certain local Orthodox Churches on the convening of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, we wish to state the following brief points:

  1. The convening of the Great Council was decided unanimously by two Synaxes of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches without any objection being raised. This reality ensures unity and unanimity among us, which is why we believe that any other statement or proposal, at the last moment, jeopardizes this unity; those who are complicit—knowingly or unknowingly—in disrupting this unity will bear the burden.
  2. If there exists among us all good will, and if we are inspired by the Orthodox Spirit of truth and our tradition, every potential issue that remains in the already-agreed upon Pre-Conciliar documents can be resolved promptly, so that the Holy and Great Council may have necessary time to also address bilateral matters concerning the Sister Churches.

To this end, we invite all of the local Orthodox Churches to participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council with a spirit of love, humility, and common mind, so that our witness to the world may be fruitful and effective in Christ Jesus.

Holy Archdiocese of Cyprus
June 9, 2016


Delegation of the Church of Cyprus to the Holy and Great Council

His Beatitude Archbishops Chrysostomos, Primate of the Church of Cyprus

  1. His Eminence Metropolitan Georgios of Paphos
  2. His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kitium
  3. His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kyrenia
  4. His Eminence Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol
  5. His Eminence Metropolitan Neofytos of Morphou
  6. His Eminence Metropolitan Vasilios of Costantia & Ammochostos
  7. His Eminence Metropolitan Nikiforos of Kykko & Tillyria
  8. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaias of Tamasos & Orinis
  9. His Eminence Metropolitan Varnavas of Trimythous
  10. His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Karpasia
  11. His Grace Bishop Nektarios of Arsinoe
  12. His Grace Bishop Nikolaos of Amathous
  13. His Grace Bishop Epiphanios of Ledra
  14. His Grace Bishop Leontios of Chytrus
  15. His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis
  16. His Grace Bishop Gregorios of Mesaorias

Accompanying Members

  • Archimandrite Ioannis Ioannou, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Barnabas
  • Archimandrite Benedictos, Director of the Church of Cyprus Hieratic School, Teaching Patristics, Church of Cyprus Theology School
  • Archimandrite Ioannides Papagregorios, Teaching Liturgics, Church of Cyprus Theology School
  • Archimandrite Grigorios Moysoyroylis
  • Deacon Kyprianos Kountouris, Director of the Church of Cyprus Theology School
  • Archimandrite Aygoustinos Kkaras
  • Deacon Michalis Nikolaou
  • Mr. Michael Spyroy, Theologian, Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus