"East and West, for the Full and Visible Communion"

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
7 Jun 2010

In the last meeting of the morning in Nicosia during the second day of his trip to Cyprus, Pope Benedict met in private with the Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II.

In an exchange of greetings at St. John's Cathedral, the archbishop stressed the commitment to continue the "significant progress" of dialogue, rapprochement and reconciliation, "because we are sure that this is the mission given to us by God." The Pope said he was grateful for the commitment in the dialogue of the Church of Cyprus, "a great ecclesial undertaking, which aims at restoring full and visible communion between the Churches of East and West."

Referring to the division of Cyprus between the Greek-Cypriot Republic and the self-proclaimed Turkish-Cypriot Republic, the Holy Father prayed that "all the inhabitants of Cyprus, with God's help, will find the wisdom and strength needed to work together for a just settlement of issues remaining to be resolved, to strive for peace and reconciliation."