THOUSANDS of people flocked to occupied Morphou on Monday to celebrate the name day of the town’s patron saint Ayios Mamas.

Leading the worshippers were Morphou Metropolitan Neophytos and Mayor Charalambos Pittas who travelled to the town on Sunday evening to take part in late night services.

Present at Monday’s service was US ambassador to Cyprus, John Koenig.

Pittas told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the amount of people making the pilgrimage to Morphou was overwhelming.

“Present at today’s service was the US ambassador which sends a clear message that the church of Ayios Mamas in Morphou is a religious destination for Christian Orthodox worshippers and not a museum,” he said.

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