In Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios decided at a meeting with leading Cypriot abbotson Wednesday (2 May) to replace one the of three bishops who declared him unfrocked.
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Background: In Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios decided at a meeting with leading Cypriot abbotson Wednesday (2 May) to replace one the of three bishops who declared him unfrocked.
The meeting in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia was held under tight security conditions with armed police patrolling the grounds. This led to tension and there was scuffle between police and waiting journalists.
Following the meeting, Archbishop Makarios announced that he could take over the administration of the Paphos Diocese and that elections would be held shortly to replace Bishop Yennadios.
Bishop Yennadios, together with Bishop Anthimos of Kitium and Kyprisnos of Kyrenia, has demanded the Archbishop's resignation on the grounds that his Presidential duties conflict with his church duties and are forbidden by canon law. To back up their demands, they declared him stripped of his ecclesiastical titles.
A meeting of all orthodox patriarchates and the church of Greece is to be held to discuss action to be taken against Bishops Anthimos and Kyprianos
They and Bishop Yennadios was ??? by ??? to have been secured at Wednesday's meeting of ??? and forming ??? organisations, of holding unlawful convocations of the clergy and of dividing the church of Cyprus.
The Archbishop has also accused underground leader General George Grivas, who is fighting for enosis (union with Greece) of backing the bishops.
He's rejected their charges and decision to unfrock him.