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Cypriot archbishop in Athens

Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus was admitted to the intensive care unit of Athens’s Evangelismos hospital on Saturday, two weeks after sustaining head and vertebrae fractures in a fall on the steps of the Archbishopric in Nicosia. Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens paid a visit yesterday morning to wish his Cypriot counterpart a speedy recovery «so he can return to his pastoral and national duties… on the beloved but much-wronged island.» Chrysostomos, 75, was flown to Athens early on Saturday afternoon after two visiting British neurosurgeons agreed he needed more intensive treatment than Nicosia hospitals could provide. He was in a «stable» condition, said the state hospital’s director, Panayiotis Alexopoulos. The decision to transfer the ailing cleric to Athens was made to avoid the risk of further complications after his temperature rose considerably following a reduction in medication, said Nicosia General Hospital’s chief cardiologist, Costas Zabartas.