Benedict XVI - Cyprus 2010
June 6, 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Concluding his Apostolic Journey to the island of Cyprus on Sunday afternoon, the Holy Father expressed his hope for the peace and reconciliation of the people of the island.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father remembered murdered president of the Turkish Bishops' Conference, Bishop Luigi Padovese, before consigning the Instrumentum Laboris on Sunday.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 02:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict visited the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Graces in Nicosia before leaving the country on Sunday afternoon. He called Maronites to be proud of their traditions while remaining tied into the Universal Church.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Instrumentum laboris, consigned to participants in October's Special Assembly for the Middle East by Pope Benedict XVI, addresses concerns of a decrease in Christian presence in the region, the "vital" nature of Muslim-Christian relations and the need to maintain cohesion between the Churches of the Middle East.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- At last, the Instrumentum laboris for October's Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops has been published and delivered to participating patriarchs and bishops. Before handing the document to participants, the Pontiff explained his hope that the assembly would bring international attention to the difficult situation for Christians in the Middle East.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 09:06 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- During Mass on the final day of his Apostolic Journey to Cyprus, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the lessons of the feast of Corpus Christi and prayed for the unifying action of the Holy Spirit for deepened communion among members of the Church.

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2010 / 07:10 am (CNA) .- On Saturday afternoon in Nicosia, Benedict XVI met with Sheikh Mehmet Nazim Adil Al-Haquani, an 89-year-old Cypriot Muslim leader active in inter-religious dialogue.

June 5, 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 5, 2010 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his homily this afternoon in Cyprus, the Holy Father spoke of the world’s need for the “Cross of Christ,” and explained that it alone is capable of providing the “unlimited hope” that every human heart craves.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 5, 2010 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Addressing the leader of the Orthodox Church in Cyprus at noon on Saturday, the Holy Father highlighted the importance of supporting the Churchs in the Middle East.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 5, 2010 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- On Saturday morning, the Pope urged the people of Cyprus to build lasting peace and harmony based on mutual trust. Commenting on the “unique circumstances” of Catholics on the island nation, he encouraged their efforts towards full unity with Christians and continued dialogue with non-Christians.

Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 5, 2010 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- After meeting privately at the presidential palace of Cyprus in the capital city of Nicosia with president Demetris Christofias, the Holy Father spoke to diplomats and civil authorities in the palace gardens. He emphasized the importance of “clear moral insight and courage” to their service for the common good.

June 4, 2010

Paphos, Cyrpus, Jun 4, 2010 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Speaking at an ecumenical celebration in Cyprus, the Holy Father explained that like the original evangelizers of the island, every Christian is called to witness to the Lord and his Gospel.

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 4, 2010 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his remarks to journalists during his flight to Cyprus today, the Holy Father clarified that the theme of his apostolic visit to the country has nothing to do with the recent killing of a Catholic bishop in Turkey nor with Islamic fundamentalism in general.

Paphos, Cyrpus, Jun 4, 2010 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Upon arrival to the Paphos airport in Cyprus, the Holy Father greeted the people of the nation and explained his purpose for the journey. He reflected on the scope of the coming Synod for the Middle East and hoped for the inspiration of Cypriots in their quest for a peaceful resolution to the division of their island nation.

June 3, 2010

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2010 / 02:01 pm (CNA) .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the country as “a missionary following the steps of St. Paul and Barnabas” and will promote "a new effort to bring to a positive conclusion the peace process and reunification of the island.”

May 19, 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus, May 19, 2010 / 10:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Cyprus ambassador to the Holy See asserted that the “moral influence” of Pope Benedict XVI will be “massive” during his upcoming trip to the Mediterranean island, which is currently under Communist leadership in the south and under Turkish occupation in the north of the country.

Vatican City, May 19, 2010 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- In light of Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Cyprus early next month, the Vatican released several facts about the country's Catholic population and reiterated the historic importance of the Holy Father releasing the working document for the Middle East Synod of bishops during the trip.

April 27, 2010

Rome, Italy, Apr 27, 2010 / 08:12 pm (CNA) .- In preparation for the Pope’s apostolic visit to Cyprus this June, the Cypriot communications team for the visit has launched a new website to both prepare for the visit and report on it as it happens.

April 10, 2010

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2010 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy See has released the details of Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Cyprus for June. During Benedict XVI's official visit to the Mediterranean island, he will present the working document for the upcoming Special Synod for the Middle East.

October 2, 2009

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2009 / 12:46 pm (CNA) .- The government of Cyprus announced on Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit the country made by President Demetris Christofias during an audience with the Holy Father at the Vatican on March 27.