Stolen Christ icon returned

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

London: Singer Boy George has returned a stolen religious artifact to the Church of Cyprus, 26 years after he bought it at an auction. The pop star was reportedly stunned to have learnt that the Christ icon he picked up at a London art sale back in 1985 was taken from the church during the Turkish invasion a decade before.

On learning the fact about his prized piece of possession, the singer did not hesitate to give the item back. In a recent interview, Boy George told BBC the icon is now housed in a church in the village of New Chorio-Kythrea.

He says, "I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years. I`m happy the icon is going back to its original rightful home."

Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis thanked the singer as he handed over the icon at the St Anagyre church in London.