Orthodox Church in Cyprus offers assets to aid crisis
Last updated Thu 21 Mar 2013
The head of Cyprus's influential Orthodox Church says he will put the
church's assets at the country's disposal to help pull it out of a
financial crisis, after politicians rejected a plan to seize up to 10
percent of people's bank deposits to secure an international bailout.
Speaking after meeting president Nicos Anastasiades today, Archbishop
Chrysostomos II said the church was willing to mortgage its assets to
invest in government bonds.
The church has considerable wealth, including property, stakes in a bank
and a brewery. Yesterday's rejection of the deposit tax has left the
future of the country's international bailout in question.