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Makarios III (Mouskos) of Cyprus

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His Beatitude '''Makarios III (Mouskos) of Cyprus''' was the [[Archbishop]] of the [[Church of Cyprus]] and the first president of the Republic of Cyprus during the decades following World War II. He championed freeing Cyprus from British rule and stroved strove for the unification of Cyprus with the nation of Greece. He became a symbol for those looking to ending colonial rule in sub-saharan Africa.
The future Abp. Makarios III was born Michael Mihail Chritodoulou Mouskos on [[August 13]], 1913, into a family of a goatherd in the village of Ano Panayia in western Cyprus. Michael entered the [[Monastery of Kykko]] as a [[novice]] in 1926 at the age of thirteen after he completed his primary education. He proved to be an excellent student. In 1933, Michael entered the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia, completing his secondary education in 1936. Returning to Kykko monastery, he made his [[monasticism|monastic]] [[vow]]s, and received the name Makarios. In August 1938, he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]]. The next month, he left Cyprus and traveled to Greece to continue his education that was paid through a small grant from Kykko monastery.
Dn. Makarios continued his studies in theology and law at the University of Athens through the difficult years of World War II. In 1946, he was ordained a [[priest]]. In 1946, Fr. Makarios was awarded a scholarship by the World Council of Churches for further study in the United States. In the United States, he studied religion and sociology at the theological school of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
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