Cheers George

Boy George returns Christ icon to Cyprus church

Boy George has returned an icon of Christ to the Church of Cyprus that came into his possession after the 1974 Turkish invasion. The former Culture Club singer bought the piece from a London art dealer in 1985 without knowing its origin.

Boy George said he was “happy the icon is going back to its original rightful home”. “I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years,” he added. “I look forward to seeing the icon on display in Cyprus for the moment and finally to the Church of St Charalambos from where it was illegally stolen.”

The goodwill gesture came about after the church in New Chorio-Kythrea village gave evidence proving it was its rightful owner. Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis expressed “joy and gratitude” as the singer handed over the icon at the St Anagyre church in north London. The gesture, he said, had “contributed to the efforts of the Church of Cyprus for the repatriation of its stolen spiritual treasures”.

Thousands of religious artefacts went missing from the occupied territory of Cyprus following Turkey’s invasion of the island and its subsequent partition.

All the above is taken from an article on the BBC News web-site – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12228059

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3 Responses to “Cheers George”

  1. wellyousaythat Says:

    He does like to come and go come and go

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