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George thanked for returning icon

Published 20/01/2011

Boy George has returned an icon of Christ to Cyprus
Boy George has returned an icon of Christ to Cyprus

Boy George has been thanked by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus for returning an icon of Christ it says was stolen from a church in the north of the divided island.

The Church said in a statement on its website that Boy George agreed to return the 18th-century icon he bought from a London art dealer in 1985 after being presented with proof of its true origin.

The former Culture Club star personally handed the icon over to Bishop Porfyrios in London.

The church said it was alerted about the icon's whereabouts by an informer who saw the singer with it on a Dutch TV show last November.

"Before this, I had no idea who Boy George was," Brussels-based Bishop Porfyrios revealed.

In return, the bishop gave the singer a modern icon of Christ.

Cyprus was split into a Turkish Cypriot north and a Greek Cypriot south in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

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