On December 14, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received Mr. Berge Setrakian, President of the Central Board of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
During the meeting, the Catholicos of All Armenians and the AGBU President reflected on the patriotic activities and possibility of new projects implemented by the AGBU in the Diaspora and Homeland. A discussion was also held on on the joint educational, social and church building programs with the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church.
On this occasion, His Holiness conveyed his blessings to the AGBU members for their constant support and assistance to the Armenian Church and especially to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Catholicos of All Armenians expressed his appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Setrakian, as benefactors of the Mother See, for their church-loving spirit and patriotic endeavors.
They also spoke on the various challenges facing the national-ecclesiastical life; and the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Berge Setrakian participated in the Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral, at the end of which a Requiem service was held for the peace of the souls of the deceased parents of Mr. and Mrs. Setrakian; Mr. Hmayak Setrakian and Mr. Nubar Nazarian.