Sunday, 6 June 2010

Pope visits Island of Aphrodite

The Pope has been in Cyprus. Something to do with ecumenism, an expression of support for beleaguered Christians in the Middle East, and a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints Paul, Mark the Evangelist and Barnabas – all heavily associated with the spread of Christianity in Cyprus (and elsewhere) and the formation of the Cyprus church.

Cyprus’ communist president used the occasion to make points about the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, as did Archbishop Chrysostomos, who repeatedly made reference to the deliberate destruction of Cyprus’ Greek and Christian heritage in the Turkish occupied part of the island. Cyprus’ Roman Catholic population is small, consisting of Maronites, Latins and immigrants from Sri Lanka and the Philippines. There was minor controversy when some senior Orthodox clerics – including the bishops of Limassol and Kyrenia – expressed opposition to the Pope’s visit, declaring that the pontiff was a ‘heretic’ and they would be boycotting events held to honour him.

While on the island, Benedict said he regarded Cyprus as part of the Holy Land and even though the island doesn’t market itself as such, given the pivotal role of Cyprus in early Christianity and the demonstrable devotion of Cypriots for the last 2,000 years to the Greco-Judaic faith, I suppose it is. Ironically, Cyprus markets itself as the Island of Aphrodite, who reached the rest of the Hellenic world via Cyprus, a stronghold of the goddess of love, beauty and sexuality, said to have been born from the sea foam (aphros) off Paphos – but whose cult was ultimately deposed and eliminated by the Christians, and their cult of sin, shame and pain.


Hermes said...

Predictably, the Pope said nothing about the Cypriot occupied territory. That should be a message for those dopey Greek Americans, who see the world through a Christian Zionist prism. that there is very little Christian solidarity.

lastgreek said...

There's an online video clip of the Pope and Patriarche Bartholomaios chanting the Nicene Creed in Greek. The Pope has a much higher pitch, almost feminine, than the Patriarche. Listening to them, you get the feeling that the Greek, any moment, is going to turn around and thump the German's ass. Wouldn't that be ironic.

Axileas said...

Hey thanks for the answer on the earlier post.

I hope cyprus will gain its oil, giving cyprus and greece its much needed main role in the balkans again. Its like you say, greece has no foreign policy to speak of, therefor the turkish-israel incident will have to act as foreign policy for greece.

Turkey wont be able to win the hearts and trusts from the other muslim nations. My many arab, muslim friends hate turkey with great vigor. And they see through the shallow acts to bond with palestine and other muslim nations. How can a nation like turkey condemn such attacks when they do it themselves against kurds and other minorities. Invading north iraq to murder and destroy muslim-kurds is fair play??
They have double standars and the world see it, not least the arab-muslim world. Turkey has no neighbour who likes them. Israel was always a relative safe card for its progress towards europe and the western world, rather than the muslim world.
They had everything to gain from a closer relationship with israel and the united states. And USA will choose israel over turkey any day of the week.

John Akritas said...

The Pope was quiet about the Turkish invasion and occupation, though he did show interest in trying to get looted religious artefacts returned to the island from Bavaria, where they've ended up. Benedict is a Bavarian. Chrysostomos is not very smart and I think he expected the Pope to be more outspoken and to be so outraged by the Turkish occupation that as soon as he got back to the Vatican he'd be on the phone to leaders of Roman Catholic countries around the world urging them to do something about it.

Turkey's got itself in a big mess over this Gaza jihadi invasion and, like you suggest, Axileas, it's fallen for its own propaganda – that the Ottoman empire was a paradise of tolerance, where all the various ethnicities loved being ruled by the Sultan and would now welcome him back. The Arabs aren't going to buy this.

Anonymous said...

The pope ? How many divisions has the pope ? ( Stalin's quip) Peace, peace and peace is all the pope can say. There could be bloodshed all around, the pope will murmur the word peace. When the brutal americans-Nato were brutally bombing Belgrade into rubble, where was the pope ? Why did he not go to Belgrade to preach peace? Is there any " nation" in europe to speak against the turks ? There is a danger of underestimating the neottomans and allowing our emotions to run our thoughts and wishes. The neottomans might be useful tools in the hands of the globalists, but the globalists interests are against our national interests, therefore turkeys actions can only be of the gravest danger to Greece. The pope, religious ecumenism with not only christians denominations but also with other religions, smacks of a globalist stew of diversity. What was the final outcome of the pope's visit to Cyprus ? Was anything tangible and concrete achieved, apart from the utterances of " peace" ? Did the pope ask for the withdrawal of the invading enemy forces ?