ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY WOMEN COMPLETED THE 2009 RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSE AT THE CATHOLICOSATE IN ANTELIAS

For the past several years the Religious Education Department of the Catholicosate has been organizing lecture series for women with the aim of deepening their knowledge of the church, its theology and the place of the Bible in the Church. This year as well His Holiness Aram I met with the participants during the first and last sessions of the course. The theme of the course of this year was “Outstanding People in the Bible”.

On Tuesday 12 May 2009, the last day of the course, group met with His Holiness Aram I at the Main Hall of the Catholicosate. Referring to the people in the Bible His Holiness said: “God speaks to us either through special persons or events. God’s plan is to save humanity and help them build His Kingdom. The Church as the Body of Christ continues God’s work by making Salvation the goal of its mission. The church is the ‘people of God’. We are therefore commissioned by God to imitate the life of Jesus Christ and reflect through our lives the values he established through His Death on the Cross.

Catholicos Aram I expressed his satisfaction on the growing number of men and women taking part in the activities organized by Religious Education Department, because it was a sign of spiritual growth within Church. This spiritual growth would sustain when there is stronger relationship between the faithful and the clergy. It is therefore a joy to see women being enabled to contribute to this spiritual growth in the church.

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