Holy Cross Parish - Nicosia

Geo-Historical Context:

Nicosia known locally as Lefkosia, is the capital and largest city of both Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Located on the River Pedieos and situated almost in the centre of the island, it is the seat of government as well as the main business centre. Nicosia is the capital of the Nicosia District. Nicosia is designated a Beta World City – by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network.

The Christian presence:

One thing is certain that the Franciscans were on Cyprus on the year 1226, when St. Francis was still alive. They had friaries and churches in several places until the year 1571, when the island fell into the hands of the Turks. On that year they fled away with all the other Orders (Dominican, Agustinians, Cistercians, etc). In 1592 they came back. We know that they established themselves on the same spot where we are now. In the year 1642 they built here the first church dedicated to the Holy Cross, which functioned until the end of the 19th century.

On April 8th, 1900, the first stone of the present church was blessed and laid. On February 16th, 1902 the church was inaugurated. The Friary beside the church was rebuilt in 1959.

In September 2000, the parish of the Holy Cross celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the Church.

Today, Holy Cross is a unique parish. People from fifty different nations come to Holy Cross church and Mass is celebrated in eight different languages. The characteristics of this Catholic parish, are: openness, diversity, unity and faith, as we follow Jesus Christ with joy.Different groups purpose spirituel activities: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group,Divine Mercy Prayer Group, The Legion of Mary, Neocatechumenal Way.


Holy Cross parish
Parish priest: Fr. Andrew Verdote, O.F.M.

Holy Cross Church
Paphos Gate P.O.B. 21964 1010

Tel: (+357) 22 662132 Fax: (22) 66 07 67
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.cypruscatholicchurch.org