03 August 2006

Kykkos Monastery and Cyprus Armenian Church collecting aid for Lebanon

Kykkos Monastery, with the help of the Armenian Church of Cyprus and the
Orthodox Metropolis of Lebanon, is coordinating a plan to distribute
humanitarian aid to all the areas being bombed by Israel in Lebanon.

The collection of the humanitarian aid for the victims of the Lebanon war
began on Tuesday (01/08/2006) and will be held at various points in the
government controlled areas of Cyprus by the Department of Humanitarian Aid
of the Kykkos Monastery and the Armenian Church of Cyprus.

Nicosia Mayor Michalakis Zambelas and Archimandrite Isaias Kykkotis, in
charge of the Kykkos Monastery Humanitarian Missions, inaugurated on Tuesday
the first aid collection point at Eleftheria Square in Nicosia.

The event was held in the presence of Archbishop of the Armenian Church in
Cyprus Varoujan Hergelian, the representative of the Armenian religious
group in the House of Representatives Vartkes Mahdessian and Lebanon's
Consular in Nicosia Sharbel Macaron.

Mahdessian congratulated the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, the mayor and all
those who supported the effort, while Macaron thanked the organisers of the
campaign to collect humanitarian aid as well as the people and government of
Cyprus for the consistent support they are offering Lebanon and expressed
the hope that peace will soon be restored in his country.

Archimandrite Isaias said that pavilions have bee set up at various points
in the government controlled areas of Cyprus and will be open until Saturday
(05/08/2006) to receive the aid which will be sent to Lebanon with the help
of the UN.

"We hope that with the help of the associates of the Armenian Archbishop in
Lebanon, we will be able to distribute the humanitarian aid in the safest
manner" and called on the people to give generously. The products should
have an expiration date of not less than three to six months after their

Zambelas said any contribution is welcome and ''we are obliged to do so for
the people who are suffering at the moment and are victims of war.''

Source: "Financial Mirror", Nicosia, Cyprus, 01/08/2006
URL: http://www.financialmirror.com/more_news.php?id=4417

Website of the Kykkos Monastery: http://www.kykkos-museum.cy.net/index2.html

Note: The Holy Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos is one of the most famous
monasteries in Cyprus (Troodos Mountains). It was founded around the end of
the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081 - 1118).

See photo of the Monastery and the location on the map of Cyprus at:


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