Archbishop Demetrios of America Inaugurates
Special Teacher Training Seminar and Meets with
Religious and Political Leaders in Cyprus
July 5, 2007
Cyprus His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios,
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America,
today opened a special Teacher Training Seminar
at the University of Cyprus at the invitation of
the Republics President Tassos Papadopoulos.
It is with great joy that I welcome His Eminence
Archbishop Demetrios to our campus, said Dr.
Stavros Zenios, Rector of the University of
Cyprus, for you have always been an
inspirational bridge of understanding and
fellowship. I am pleased that this educational
collaboration will provide a way for our school
to extend itself beyond the limits of Cyprus.
This is a very special educational program that
begins today, said Archbishop Demetrios in his
opening remarks at the Universitys newly
constructed auditorium. It is a noble attempt
between Cyprus and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
which I anticipate will enhance the instruction
of the Greek language to 2nd and 3rd generation
English speaking students in America.
This, the second visit of the Archbishop to
Cyprus, also included a number of noteworthy
meetings with religious, political and educational leaders.
On Tuesday, July 2, Archbishop Demetrios attended
an award ceremony in honor of former U.S. Senator
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and former U.S. Congressman
John Brademas (D-IN) at the Presidential Palace.
As it is known, Sarbanes and Brademas played a
leading role in Washington in support of Cyprus'
rights and particularly in the implementation of
a military embargo on Turkey after the Turkish
invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Prior to the
ceremony Archbishop Demetrios met privately with
His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus
and Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus.
The four-day visit of Archbishop Demetrios began
with a meeting with Archbishop Chrysostomos of
Cyprus who later hosted a luncheon in honor of
Senator Sarbanes and Congressman Brademas. The
Archbishop also met with Mr. Demetris
Christofias, the President of the Parliament of
Cyprus, Mr. Dimitrios Rallis, the Ambassador of
Greece, and Mr. Ronald, L. Schlicher, the U.S.
Ambassador to Cyprus. A number of important
religious, political and cultural issues were discussed.
A highlight of the Archbishops visit to Cyprus
will be a concert, scheduled for this evening, by
the Metropolitan Youth Choir of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The recital
will take place in the Presidential Palace and is
hosted by Mrs. Fotini Papadopoulos, the wife of
the President of Cyprus. The choir, comprised of
forty children from parishes of the Direct
Archdiocesan District of New York, will offer
Greek and Cypriot liturgical hymns and ethnic
songs. The concert will benefit financially the
Organization of Greek Ladies Mana, a childcare
center for working mothers, established in 1935 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos