His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Eastern United States, called on Members of Congress to urge Turkey to return confiscated Christian churches and end U.S. complicity in Turkey’s genocide denial, during a full day Capitol Hill meetings, this week, which began with the offering of the opening prayer at the U.S. Senate and ended with an invocation at the annual Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
The Archbishop’s opening prayer at the Senate was held on April 25th, at the request of Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed (D) and at the invitation of the Senate Chaplain. “We thank you in the name of the Armenian people for your divine mercy in providing them a safe refuge in this blessed country, the United States of America, where they were delivered from the depths of despair of genocide and welcomed with new life,” said His Eminence. “Reveal your infinite spirit to the members of this Senate that they may be inspired toward a greatness of purpose and ennobled in their quest for good governance.”
Sen. Reed welcomed Archbishop Choloyan in a moving Senate floor statement, which commemorated the Armenian Genocide and called for U.S. affirmation of that crime. “This year I once again join my colleagues in encouraging the United States to officially recognize the Armenian genocide,” explained Senator Reed. “Denial of this history is not consistent with our country’s sensitivity to human rights and our dedication to the highest and noblest principles that should govern the world. We must continue to educate our young people against this type of hatred and oppression so we can seek to prevent such crimes against humanity in the future. It was indeed an honor to be here to listen to the wise words of the Archbishop, to hear his prayer, his reflection, and to go forth knowing that he is a powerful force in our country for tolerance and decency,” concluded Sen. Reed.