WASHINGTON – President Joseph Biden issued an official statement regarding the passing of His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus, calling him a “dedicated leader.” The two had met in 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The full text of the statement follows:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Archbishop Chrysostomos II – a man of remarkable conviction and courage who led Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Christian Church with grace during a pivotal period.
Archbishop Chrysostomos II was a dedicated leader who never shied away from speaking up for the most vulnerable communities in Cyprus. He was also steadfast in his commitment to peaceful conflict resolution in Cyprus. In 2014, I had the honour of meeting with the Archbishop in Nicosia. His compassion touched me – he was a leader dedicated to interfaith dialogue and committed to unity among all religious communities in Cyprus.
Jill and I offer our deepest condolences to Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, the Republic of Cyprus, and all those who followed or were positively impacted by the Archbishop’s spiritual guidance.”