On Monday the 26 of November 2012, the Italian European Parliamentarian Mr. Mario Mauro organised at the European Parliament a seminar on the topic "Cyprus in the crossroad of civilisation and religion".

During the seminar a speech by His Beatitude the Archbishop of Cyprus Mr. Chrysostomos II was read. The archbishop stressed the claim of the Church of Cyprus towards the European Union for exercising pressure to the government of Turkey for respecting human rights and especially of the religious freedom of the christian habitants of Cyprus.

His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis mentioned in detail during his speech the size of the destruction of the cultural heritage that is taking place in the occupied northern part of Cyprus by the Turkish occupying regime. He also presented the violations of religious freedom of the christians habitants of Cyprus by the occupying regime and asked for a more active and substantial involvement of the European Union for terminating these actions.

At the seminar also spoke father Joseph Vella Cauci as the representative of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE). He described the historical presence of the Roman Catholics in Cyprus (Maronites and Latins) and the violations of religious freedom that are experiencing by the occurring regime.

Mrs Parrovicini, researcher of the Christian Russian Foundation sited in Moscow, was the last speaker of the seminar. She presented the calendar that the Foundation published for the year 2013 and which is dedicated to Cyprus. The remarkable publication is interlarded with Byzantine icons and frescos from the 3rd century up to the 16th century and is accompanied with explanation texts.

At the end of the seminar the European Parliamentarians and members of the European Peoples' Party Group, Mr. Ioannis Kassoulides and Mr. Jan Olbrycht made the conclusions remarks. It was also announced that the meeting of the forum of dialogue with religions of the European Peoples' Party Group in autumn 2013 will be held in Cyprus.











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