Religious Groups :

In Cyprus, after the establishment of the Cyprus Republic, many minor religious groups are acknowledged by the law. Some religious groups in Cyprus are The Maronite Community, The Armenian Community, and The Latin Community.

The Maronite Community is one of the minority groups in Cyprus. Along the island, there are only 6000 people in this Maronite Community. The name Maronite, was created after Saint Maron who was known during the Byzantine Empire. This small community in Cyprus believes that their origin is Lebanese and they speak Greek and Arabic. Also, they use the Catholic liturgy in their religious practice with the Aramic language. The Maronite Community is known to have their own culture and way of living. And up until now, The Maronite Community is committed to preserve it.

The Armenian Community only has approximately 2500 across the whole Cyprus. They claim to be integrated well with the Cypriots, but also, they tend to keep their cultural daily lives and language. In Cyprus, there are several organizations and clubs created by The Armenian Community. They also have their own radio program which is Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and it is operated in Armenian. Also, they publish their own newspapers, which are Artsangang and Paros, which are mostly written in Armenian and several columns in Greek and English. Moreover, the Armenian Church also publishes a monthly bulletin, which is called Keghart and it is written in Armenian.

The third religious group discussed here is the Latin Community. This community has started since the Ottoman Period and their religious believes follows the Roman Catholic Church. Nowadays, this minority group has only about 1700 people in Cyprus. In the past, people who now become The Latin Community originally came from different areas like Italy, France, Malta, and Dalmatia. Despite the small number of the Latin Community, it does not stop them to keep their cultural in heritage.

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