WE CLAIM JUSTICE…

April- May 2015 A legendary Armenian poet, Daniel Varoujan, before his murder by the Ottoman authorities in 1915, wrote: I firmly believe that the coming generations will create a new dawn for the Armenian people… . The history of the Armenian people of the past hundred years was marked by massacres and deportation; it was also marked ...

PONTIFICAL ENCYCLICAL BY HIS HOLINESS ARAM I DEDICATED TO THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

January 2015 2015 is not just another year. As the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, it carries a special meaning, a special message and a special purpose. Every Armenian and the entire nation should reflect on the unique significance and special importance of the occasion. The Armenian Genocide has left its permanent scar on the common ...

Future of Christianity in the Middle East & Call to Unity – Catholicos Aram I

September 2014 The following text is a summary of the reflections of H.H. Aram I during the International Summit held 9-11 September 2014 in Washington D.C. Christianity is on the verge of disappearing from the Middle East, where, for centuries, it has existed in harmony with Judaism and Islam. As the Arab Spring has morphed into a ...

“WE CAN CREATE A BETTER WORLD BY ACCEPTING AND RESPECTING THE OTHER” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

5/5/14 Addressing an international inter-religious Conference in Bahrain, organized by the state, His Holiness Aram I in his keynote lecture emphasized the crucial importance of "accepting and respecting each other the way we are" as the only way of building harmonious, coherent and peaceful societies and a better world. In his introductory remarks His Holiness reminded that ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I FOLLOWS CLOSELY THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE KESSAB REGION

24/3/14 On Friday, 21 March, early in the morning, His Holiness Aram I was informed of the assault and bombardment of the radical rebel forces from Turkey on Kessab, the historical Armenian region near the Turkish border. After consultation with the Armenian clergy and community leaders in Latakia, Aleppo, Damascus and Lebanon, the Catholicos demanded that ...

“THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT IS IN SEARCH OF NEW IDENTITY AND SELF-ARTICULATION” H.H. ARAM I

On Monday 27th January, His Holiness Aram I gave a lecture on "The challenges facing the ecumenical movement" at the Near East School of Theology. Hereunder the outline of the lecture.- PART I A) What are the challenges of the Ecumenical movement?... Ecumenism is essential for "being church": 1) it reminds the interrelatedness of churches; 2) it emphasizes ...

VAROUJAN VOSKANIAN THE MINISTER OF ECONOMY AND TRADE OF ROMANIA VISITS HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On Monday 3 June 2013, Minister Varoujan Voskanian, who was on an official visit to Lebanon, met with His Holiness Aram I. They were joined by the Armenian Ministers and Parliamentarians of Lebanon. This was the Minister’s second visit to the Catholicosate; five years ago, during an official visit, he was decorated for his achievements ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I ADDRESSES AT THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF HOMENETMEN

1/6/13 On Sunday, 26 May, Catholicos Aram I attended the public celebration of 28 May and the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Athletics and Scouts organization. In his public address, His Holiness shared three concerns. He first congratulated HOMENETMEN for living up to their motto, “Elevate yourself and elevate the others” by teaching youth the values of ...

METROPOLITAN ANBA BISHOY OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On Saturday 25 May, Metropolitan Anba Bishoy, the Ecumenical Officer of the Coptic Orthodox Church, met with His Holiness Aram I. After presenting the brotherly greetings of Pope Tawadros II, the Metropolitan briefed the Catholicos on the difficult situation of the Coptic Orthodox community in Egypt. In their discussion, the Catholicosate stressed the importance of ...

“WE SHOULD RESPECT THE CENTRAL ROLE OF THE ARMENIAN MOTHER IN THE FAMILY” SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

May 2013 As part of the celebrative events of 2013, Year of the Armenian Mother, around 200 women met with His Holiness Aram I. After his warm welcome, the Catholicos said, “Celebrating the year of the Armenian Mother should become integral to our daily lives. The Armenian mother is the foundation of our nation and, hence, ...

WE SHOULD PREPARE OUR YOUTH FOR THE FUTURE THROUGH OUR MORAL AND NATIONAL VALUES’ SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On Saturday 11 May in the evening, His Holiness Aram I received 200 young members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation movement. After welcoming the youth and the movement leaders, Catholicos Aram I urged them to incorporate their cultural and spiritual heritage as they carry out their important role of shaping the future of the nation. His ...

“OUR UNITED POSITION AND OUR DEMNAD FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF THE 100th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIONS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE” SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On 6 April 2013, His Holiness Aram I opened the consultation organized by the Lebanon Committee of the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, held at the ‘Cilicia’ Museum in Antelias. After welcoming the members of the committee and expressing his appreciation for the one-day consultation, he said, “Preparations for the 100th anniversary of ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE PRIME MINISTER OF KARABAGH

23/3/13 On Wednesday, 20 March 2013, His Holiness Aram I received the Prime Minister, Ara Haroutiounian, and his delegation, who were visiting Lebanon to discuss new business partnerships. The Prime Minister briefed the Catholicos Karabagh’s economic achievements and future strategies. His Holiness Aram I honored his guests with a reception, at which they met members of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE VICE-PRIME MINISTER OF KARABAGH

On Tuesday, 5 March 2013, at a two-hour meeting, Arthur Aghabekian, the Vice-Prime Minister of Karabagh, briefed the His Holiness Aram I on the efforts of the government of Karabagh to build the young country; the two also discussed future plans. At the end of the meeting His Holiness Aram I expressed his appreciation for the ...

SOCIAL WORK IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE CHURCH’S LIFE AND WITNESS” SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On the occasion of the international day of social workers, the staff of Armenian institutions visited His Holiness Aram I on Friday 1 February 2013. On behalf of the group, Ms. Annie Boudjikanian reported on their work and shared their concerns. In his message, the Catholicos welcomed the group and thanked them for serving the ...

“LET US REVIEW THE PAST WITH ACCOUNTABILITY AND EMBRACE THE FUTURE WITH COMMITMENT” SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On 1 January 2013, after the New Year’s thanksgiving Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, His Holiness Aram I received the clergy and laity at the Main Hall of his residence. The Catholicos began his message with a prayer thanking the Almighty for the past year and said, “The first day of every ...

“THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING OR RITUALS; IT IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On 25 December 2012, after the liturgy celebrating the feast at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, His Holiness Aram I received the clergy, the seminarians and the faithful at the Main Hall of his residence. In his message, the Catholicos said, “Today is not only the feast of the protomartyr deacon who served the Church, ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I VISITS PATRIARCH YOHANNA X

On Wednesday 19 December 2012, Catholicos Aram I visited the new Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, Yohanna X, at the Balamand Monastery. After congratulating the new Head, Catholicos Aram I spoke of the long relationship between the two churches and expressed the wish to strengthen that relationship, especially in view of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I HONORS CHRIS BOHJALIAN WITH THE INSIGNIA OF ST. MESROB MASHDOTZ

On Monday 3 December, His Holiness Aram I sponsored a special evening to inaugurate the publication of Chris Bohjalian’s The Sand Castle Girls. The two speakers of the evening were Dr. Ayda Ekmekji, Head of the Department of Arts and Sciences of Haigazian University, and the Lebanese author, Mishel Ma’ayki. Dr. Ekmekji spoke of the importance of ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES HEADS OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THE GULF COUNTRIES

On Friday 16 November 2012, the Heads of 22 Christian communities, established in the countries of the Gulf region, visited His Holiness Aram I. Bishop Shahé Panossian, the Pontifical Delegate of the Catholicosate of Cilicia for the Gulf countries, accompanied the delegation. The representatives were in Lebanon upon the invitation of the Middle East Council ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL LEGACY OF THE SYRIAC CIVILIZATION

On 8 November 2012, theologians and specialists on Syriac spirituality, who were in Beirut to participate in a conference, visited His Holiness Aram I. After welcoming the participants, His Holiness said that this was indeed an important conference, and he remarked that “the achievements of the past should not be forgotten; they should be assessed and ...