Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 23/11/16
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; met with Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow and All Russia, on 22 November in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisyan, Director of the External Relations and Protocol Department of Mother See; His Eminence Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan; Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananyan, Director of the Ecumenical Relations Department of the Mother See; Rev. Fr. Aghan Yernjakyan, staff-bearer of His Holiness and Rev. Fr. Vahram Melikyan, Director of Information Services and Spokesman of the Catholicos of All Armenians.
On behalf of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church and the Armenian faithful flock, His Holiness congratulated Patriarch Kirill on the occasion of his 70th birthday. He conveyed his fraternal love and best wishes, wishing him good health and fruitful years of pontificate.
His Holiness noted that the progress and spiritual revival of the Russian Orthodox Church was continuous during the years of the pontificate of Patriarch Kirill, benefiting the entire Christian world.
The Armenian Pontiff stressed the importance of the support provided by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Sister Churches and Christian communities in various parts of the world, specifically referring to the difficult situation in the Middle East.
His Holiness also expressed his satisfaction that the Transcaucasia region was also at the center of attention by the Russian Church, noting his appreciation for the mediation efforts of Patriarch Kirill towards the restoration of peace in the region.
The Catholicos of All Armenians also reflected on the existing friendly relations and cooperation between the two Churches, in unison with the age-old friendship between the two peoples. His Holiness remarked that given the current realities of the world, there was the need for combining efforts and further strengthening cooperation, to contend with the different challenges and problems facing the Churches and peoples.
His Holiness expressed his gratitude to Patriarch Kirill, for the spiritual care and fatherly concern constantly provided to the Armenian Dioceses of Russia and the local Armenians.
Welcoming His Holiness and his delegation, Patriarch Kirill expressed gratitude to His Holiness Karekin II, for attending his milestone birthday.
In his remarks, Patriarch Kirill noted that the cherished ties of the past that united the two peoples, continues to be strong and fortified today. He stressed that the Armenian-Russian relations in the past have passed through difficulties and heroic fraternal cooperation, and continued to strengthen and develop with a new spirit and activities.