“Pop Icon” Returns Orthodox Icon

These past few days have been busy ones, all of which culminated in yesterday’s feast of St. John the Baptist, our family Krsna Slava. We prepared food and more food and the house and the kids and our ourselves for a day of celebrating, welcoming guests…which means today we’re recovering. I caught a glimpse of this interesting news piece (actually a link was emailed to me) about Boy George yesterday which for obvious reasons I didn’t find the time to post earlier. Not something you come across everyday. (Source: here)

Boy George returns Christ icon to Cyprus church

Musician Boy George has agreed to return to the Church of Cyprus an icon of Christ that came into his possession 11 years after the Turkish invasion.

The former Culture Club singer bought the piece from a London art dealer in 1985 without knowing its origin.

Boy George – real name George O’Dowd – 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 northern Cyprus following Turkey’s invasion of the island and its subsequent partition.

3 thoughts on ““Pop Icon” Returns Orthodox Icon

  1. It was nice of Boy George to return an icon of Christ — stolen by Turks during their invasion and illegal occupation of Northern Cyprus in 1974 — to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. Boy George had bought the icon, without knowing it had been stolen and sold by Turks.
    I do hope that the Church of Cyprus shows its appreciation to Boy George by presenting him with a religious item for his honesty.

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