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The First Visit of H.E. Cardinal Pizzaballa

The First Visit of H.E. Cardinal Pizzaballa


H.E. Cardinal Pierbattista Pizaballa, The Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land, visited Cyprus for the first time after being created Cardinal of the Church.

He was received at the airport by H.E. Msgr. Selim Sfeir, The Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus, The Chargé d’Affaires of the Vatican in Cyprus Msgr. Mario Lalli and the Vicar of the Latin Patriarch Msgr. Bruno Varriano as well as the Chief of Protocol in the Government Mrs. Koulla Sophianou and the Senior Consultant on Human Rights, Peace &Reconciliation at Weiderud & Associates, Mrs. Salpy Eskidjian in addition to F. Antoine Succar from the Maronite Archbishopric of Cyprus.

Friday Nov. 19, 2023, 10:00 a.m. H.E. Cardinal Pizzaballa met with H.E. the President of Cyprus Mr. Nikos Christodoulides.

H.E. Pizzaballa met at 11:30 a.m. the Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus, H.B. George II.

After meeting the Archbishop of Cyprus, H.E. Pizzaballa met the Mayor of Nicosia Mr. Constantinos Giorkadjis.

H.E. had lunch with the “Religious Track of Cyprus”.

By the evening, a reception took place in his honor at Cleopatra Hotel, attended by the diplomats and authorities of the government and the ecclesiastical authorities.

Saturday Nov. 18,2023, He met with all the Catholic Clergy and Religious and consecrated at the Maronite Archbishopric of Cyprus, where He presided the Holy Liturgy, and a lunch gathered all the attendees.

Sunday Nov. 19, 2023, H.E. celebrated the morning Mass (8:30) at the Maronite Cathedral, “Our lady of Graces” in Nicosia, and the Solemn Mass (10:30) at the Main Latin Church of Holy Cross in Nicosia.



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