CYPRUS: Mysterious Ways

Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus is both spiritual leader of 500,000 Greek Cypriots and President of the island's Greek-Turkish secular government. Lately, his problems have been mostly temporal, as the Greek government in Athens pressured him with humiliating ultimatums in an effort to either throttle his power or force him out of office (TIME, Feb. 28). Last week, for a change, the archbishop was experiencing ecclesiastical complications. At the annual synod of the Cypriot hierarchy, three bishops invoked a canon law—unused for at least a hundred years—forbidding bishops to hold church and...

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