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Boy George Donates Looted Icon Back To Cyprus Church

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Boy George returns Christ icon to Cyprus church

Musician Boy George has agreed to return 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 - 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.


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.

Just as well he had it given the state of the Cypriot churches in the Turkish zone these days.E.g. from a Cyprus forum....


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