A 66-year-old Limassol resident was buried in a private field last week, on a site earmarked for a future cemetery by the Old Calendarists
, who split from the Orthodox Church when the latter adopted a form of the Gregorian calendar, rather than sticking with the old Julian calendar.
Esphigmenou is an Old Calendarist
monastery that ceased recognizing the authority of the Patriarchate in 1972.
At an April 25 protest, around 500 Old Calendarist
demonstrators blasted Christodoulos for approving the visit by "the unremorseful arch-heretic pope," from whom they demanded an apology for Vatican sins.
There were approximately 500,000 to 800,000 Old Calendarist
Orthodox who used the Julian calendar and adhered to traditional Greek Orthodox practice throughout the country.
had been taken "not out of anti-ecumenical convictions, but under the pressure from the (ultra-conservative breakaway) Old Calendarist