Despite pressure upon him to resign as Cypriot head of state, Archbishop Makarios led a normal church service in a Nicosia suburb on Sunday (12 March).
Despite pressure upon him to resign as Cypriot head of state, Archbishop Makarios led a normal church service in a Nicosia suburb on Sunday (12 March). On his way out of the Church of St.Mary's at the and of the service, a large crowd was on hand to cheer him and demonstrate their support.
Later on Sunday, a large crowd of demonstrators of the Christian Women's Union marched through the streets of Nicosia to the Archbishop's residence chanting slogans of support for the Cypriot head of state. The demonstrators carried banners saying that the Archbishop was the religious and national leader of the Cypriot people.
A number of senior bishops have requested that Archbishop Makarios resign as head of state. The bishops made their request in accordance with orthodox Church rules forbidding a prelate to hold temporal power.
Tensions between Cyprus and Greece have grown recently because of Greek demands that Archbishop Makarios surrender an arsenal of imported Czechoslovak arms and make a minor cabinet reshuffle
SYNOPSIS: The church of St. Mary's, in a Nicosia suburb, was the scene of a normal Sunday service led by the Cypriot head of state, Archbishop Makarios. The Archbishop led the service quite normally, despite pressures upon him to resign his political post.
Many of the Archbishop's supporters were on hand outside the church at the and of the service. A number of senior bishops have called upon Archbishop Makarios to resign as head of state. The call was made in accordance with Orthodox Church rules forbidding a prelate to hold temporal power.
Later in the day, a crowd of demonstrators chanted their support for The Archbishop as they made their way through the streets of Nicosia towards the Archbishop's residence. Yje demonstrators from the Christian Women's Union, numbered some five thousand when they'd reached the residence. Archbishop Makarios has also been under pressure from Greece following Greek demands that he surrender imported Czechoslovak arms.