LOS ANGELES, ANTELIAS – On Thursday, October 13, 2011, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia met with California Governor Jerry Brown Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hilton to discuss issues of importance to the Armenian community as well as more broader topics of interests. His Holiness was accompanied by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and community representatives Mardig Gaboudian and Levon Kirakosian.
During the more than one hour meeting, the two leaders discussed issues of importance and concern to the Armenian community of California, as well as ecumenical matters, especially relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Given Gov. Brown’s theological background, the aforementioned issued were addressed within that context.
The discussion also centered around developments in the Middle East as well relations between Christians and Muslims, as the Catholicos plays an important role in that realm.
His Holiness said he was confident the Governor, as the highest official of the state, was well acquainted with issues that concern the Armenian community of California. The Governor said that he would do his utmost to assist in the realization programs and activities of the community.
At the conclusion of the meeting, His Holiness presented Brown with a memento from Great House of Cilicia.