On Sunday, January 8, the  inauguration of the new Cypriot Archbishop Georgewas heldin Cyprus.

The solemn ceremonytook place  at the Cathedral of the Apostle Barnabas in Nicosia at 4 p.m.

The event wasattended by the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Annita Demetriou and other high-ranking officials.

After the solemn ceremony, a festive dinner was held with the participation of guests and the government.

Recall that the voting process took place on December 24 after the end of the Liturgy in the chapel of the Apostle Barnabas on the territory of the archdiocese.
 George of Pafsky received 11 votes, Metropolitan  Athanasius of Limassol received 4 votes, and there was also a blank ballot.

The future primate was born on May 25, 1949 in Larnaca. From 1976 to 1980 he studied at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. After completing his studies at the University of Athens, he trained in England.

On May 17, 1985, Archbishop Chrysostomos I of Cyprus  ordained him a presbyter with the elevation to the rank of archimandrite.

In 1994 he was appointed Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. In parallel with his ministry at the Holy Synod, Father George taught chemistry in high school.

On April 24, 1996, he was elected Choir Bishop of Arsinois, Vicar of the Metropolis of Paf. His episcopal consecration took place on May 26, 1996. On December 29, 2006, by the decision of the Holy Synod, Choir Bishop George was unanimously elected Metropolitan of Pafsky. His elevation to the see took place the next day.

The previous Archbishop of Cyprus , Chrysostomos II, died on November 7 at the age of 82.

Source: Cyprus mail