Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Boy George thanked for icon return

Boy George has handed an icon of Christ back to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus

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

Church officials 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 on Wednesday. In return, the bishop gave him 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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