• Short Summary

    One of the three Cyprus bishops who called for Archbishop Makarios to resign as head of state was on Saturday (March 4) staying out of his diocese - following warnings from his own priests not to return.

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    One of the three Cyprus bishops who called for Archbishop Makarios to resign as head of state was on Saturday (March 4) staying out of his diocese - following warnings from his own priests not to return. He is Bishop Yennadios of Paphos, who was staying with Bishop Anthimos, another of the three churchmen, at his Bishopric in Limassol. This, meanwhile, had been damaged by stone-throwing pro-Makarios demonstrators following the bishops' resignation call.

    The crisis has been linked with the pressure on Archbishop Makerios by Greece, which has asked the Cypriot leader to surrender recently-imported Czechoslovakian arms to the United Nations peace-keeping force on the island. Now, former Greek Cypriot guerrilla leader General George Grivas has reportedly placed the three bishops under his protection.

    Archbishop Makarios, meanwhile, has reportedly said he WILL resign in response to the bishops' request UNLESS that request was withdrawn - despite massive support for him from Greek Cypriots.

    SYNOPSIS: The Cyprus crisis -- and a police guard on the Bishopric at Limassol, home of the Bishop of Kitium. The building had been damaged by supporters of Archbishop Makarios, whom the Bishop of Bishop of Kitium and two other bishops had asked to resign as Cypriot President -- saying that under Orthodox law an Archbishop could not hold temporal power.

    The crisis has been linked to pressure on Archbishop Makarios by the Greek Government, which has asked him to surrender recently-imported Czechoslovakian arms. The bishops' resignation call followed soon afterwards, but massive popular support for Archbishop Makarios was swiftly demonstrated. The support soon turned into violent attack on the three bishops -- members of the Greek Orthodox Church led by Archbishop Makarios.

    Bishop Anthimos of Kitium, under virtual siege in the Bishopric since Thursday, was on Saturday still playing host to Bishop Yennadios of Paphos -- who has not returned to his own diocese following warnings from his priests and parishioners not to, as long as his opposition to President Makarios continues.

    But by Sunday the bishops had not withdrawn their call on Archbishop Makarios -- and the Archbishop, meanwhile, reportedly said he WOULD resign unless the call was dropped. Now, former Greek Cypriot guerrilla leader General George Grivas, in hiding on the island, has reportedly placed the three bishops under his protection.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEH765WQ8J9J8CQSH5LRI3OHTH
    Media URN:
    VLVAEH765WQ8J9J8CQSH5LRI3OHTH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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