Today is a difficult day for the Church and Cyprus, said the Minister of Health, Michalis Hatzipandelas, in his statements from the Archdiocese, where he went after the excommunication of Archbishop Chrysostomos II during the morning hours of Monday.
"As you all know, we lost our Archbishop a few hours ago. I have no words to say. I came here to offer my condolences to the family," he added.
When asked if the President of the Republic is aware, Mr. Hatzipandelas said that the President of the Republic was kept informed and noted that he had communicated with the President last night and this morning.
"He is aware of everything," he added.
Answering a question, the Minister of Health said that there will be a session of the Holy Synod with the Custodian of the Throne and the corresponding decisions will be made.
The President of DIKO Nikolas Papadopoulos also went to the Archdiocese earlier, while he left without making any statements. At the same time, the attendance of members of the Holy Synod continues.
In the Archdiocese, the flags fly at half mast, while the bells ring mournfully. There is also an increased police presence in front of and around the Archdiocese.