Armenia

Major exhibition in the US documents the role of the Armenian Church during the Genocide

March 16, 2014 Featured News

 Public Radio of Armenia- 16/3/14 The Armenian National Institute (ANI), Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) and Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) jointly, and in cooperation with the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and the Republic of Armenia National Archives, announced the release of a major exhibit consisting of 20 panels with over […]

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Major exhibit on Armenian Genocide available online

March 4, 2014 Featured News

February-March 2014 PanARMENIAN.Net -  The Armenian National Institute (ANI), Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) and Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) jointly, and in cooperation with the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, and the Republic of Armenia National Archives, announced the release of a major exhibit consisting of 20 […]

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The past and future of Crimea’s Armenian community

March 4, 2014 Featured News

3/4/14 Crimea gave the world many outstanding Armenians, including world-renowned painter Hovhannes Ayvazovsky. Recent events in Crimea may complicate the live of the peninsula’s Armenian population – one of the oldest ones in Russia’s south. The first Armenians settled in Crimea in the 8th century, with the first wave of immigration starting in mid-eleventh century. […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Receives Participants of Pan- Armenian Games

March 1, 2014 News

March 2014 On February 28, in the Events Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, welcomed the participants of the first Pan- Armenian winter games. Accompanying them was Mr. Ishkan Zakaryan, Chairman of World Committee of Pan Armenian games. Mr. Zakarian opened the meeting with […]

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Volunteer Homeland Defenders Union Board Visit the Mother See

March 1, 2014 News

March 2014 On February 26, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, welcomed members of the newly appointed Volunteer Defenders Union board in the Vache and Tamar Manoukian Library and Manuscript Repository of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The delegation was led by Lieutenant General Manvel Grigoryan, President of the […]

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His Holiness Aram I Decorates Raffi Arslanian with the “Knight of Cilicia” Insignia

February 27, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 On Sunday 23 February 2014, in the evening a special ceremony was organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Melkon and Haik Arslanian Djemaran (College) of the Armenian Educational and Cultural Association (Hamazkayin). Mr. Dikran Jinbashian, the current director, opened the evening. He recounted the history of Djemaran, which opened its doors 83 […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Meets the Ruler of Sharjah

February 10, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 On January 29, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, departed for the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. His Holiness Karekin II attended the awards […]

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Divine Liturgy Offered on Armed Forces Day

January 31, 2014 Featured News

On January 26, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; presided over Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Armenia. The celebrant was His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamian, His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamian, Primate of the Diocese of the […]

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Pontifical Message of Blessings to the Syrian-Armenians for the Feasts of New Year and Christmas

December 31, 2013 Featured News

December 2013 On the occasion of the feasts of New Year and Christmas, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, expressed His congratulations and best wishes, extending His Pontifical message of blessings to the Spiritual Leaders of the Armenian community in Syria, the spiritual and secular servants, civic authorities, administrative staff […]

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Requiem to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Earthquake in Spitak (Armenia)

December 23, 2013 News

December 2013 On Sunday 8 December 2013, following the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I presided over a Requiem Service at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias in memory of the victims of the Earthquake in Spitak, Armenia. Catholicos Aram I had also asked Prelates of all the Dioceses of the Holy See of […]

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Armenian Church in Turkey to be handed over to Friends of Armenia Society

December 10, 2013 Featured News

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend: Baku, Azerbaijan – 10/12/13 A  church in the Turkish province of Sivas located in the territory belonging to the Armed Forces will be restored and handed over to the Friends of Armenia Society, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Dec.9. This step will be taken as part of the package of […]

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Spitak Remembered

December 7, 2013 Featured News
His Holiness Karekin of the Greater House of Cilicia, surrounded by Spitak residents after he climbed a damaged Cathedral.

    7/12/13 It was around 7 a.m. on December 7th, 1988. Our telephone woke me up. Our assignment editor at the Associated Press in New York was calling me. He ordered me, “Get your travel bag, all your camera gear and rush to the office to get some cash. You are booked to fly […]

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Searching for the ‘Armenia’ in Historic Armenia, and Finding A Small Bit of It

November 28, 2013 Featured News
The exterior of the Armenian Church of the Savior at Ani is covered with scaffolding in September, 2013. Photo © 2013 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

  28/11/13 PHOTOS AND STORY BY MATTHEW KARANIAN Travelers who are looking for anything Armenian in ancient Armenia have long become accustomed to finding plenty of disappointment, as well. But when I traveled throughout Historic Armenia last month, I also found a bit of cause for cautious optimism—and bewilderment. I was in Historic Armenia—a vast […]

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Armenian monastery finds unlikely saviour in Arab sheikh

November 25, 2013 Featured News
Sheikh Sultan III bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi

Agence France-Presse – 25/11/13 Standing next to a newly refurbished bell tower, priest Aristakes Aivazyan says it needed divine intervention to save Armenia’s medieval Haghartsin monastery. But it also took a lot of money from a very unlikely benefactor — the Muslim ruler of the resource-rich Arab emirate of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi. […]

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Eastern Diocese Welcomes Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

November 20, 2013 Featured News

Florence Avakian – November 2013 NEW YORK — “If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem…” is the biblical phrase signifying the emotional and spiritual power of the sacred site that is home to three of the world’s major religions. And for Armenians who have played a pivotal role in Jerusalem since the seventh century, the impact of […]

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Record-breaking Jesus Statue Built in Syria

October 22, 2013 Featured News

Grace Cuddihy - 22/10/13 A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria. The statue, entitled “I Have Come to Save the World” was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation. The project was backed by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, which […]

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Armenian Church, Survivor of the Ages, Faces Modern Hurdles

October 5, 2013 Featured News

DAVID M. HERSZENHORN - 5/10/13 ECHMIADZIN, Armenia — In this ancient city, tucked in a valley that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, King Tiridates III converted to Christianity and declared Armenia to be the world’s first Christian state. The year was 301, more than a decade before the Emperor Constantine put Rome on […]

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Keeping the Khachkars

September 27, 2013 Featured News

  Ansel Oommen anseloommen@yahoo.com 26/9/13 The Cross is arguably the most familiar symbol of Christianity, but nowhere is this iconography as crucial or culture-entrenched, as it is in Armenia. Wherever you go, thousands of khachkars, or cross-stones, pervade the mountainous conscience of the world’s oldest Christian nation, providing a rare glimpse into the art of […]

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Bishops’ Synod in progress at Echmiadzin: Important issues for the Armenian Church on the agenda

September 25, 2013 Featured News

Gayane Mkrtchyan ArmeniaNow reporter- 25/9/13 The first Bishops’ Synod of the Armenian Church, which commenced Tuesday at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin after a six century-long interval, has two main subjects on the agenda – canonization of the Armenian Genocide victims and the package on the Baptism ceremonial rite. The Synod has brought together […]

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Catholicos congratulates Armenian people on Independence Day

September 23, 2013 News

23/9/13 Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin Ii congratulated the Armenian people on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of Armenia’s independence. “Today is the day of the restoration of our statehood. We celebrate it with joy. The independence was gained at the cost of a long struggle and suffering of generations. The new Armenian statehood […]

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Armenians Celebrate First Baptisms at Aghtamar Since 1915

September 12, 2013 Featured News
Two young women from Van are baptized at Sourp Khatch, the Church of the Holy Cross, at Aghtamar on Sept. 8. Three others were also baptized that day during the same ceremony. (Photo by Matthew Karanian)

Special to the Armenian Weekly – 12/9/13 For the first time since 1915, the Armenian Church performed the rite of baptism at the Church of the Holy Cross (Sourp Khatch) on Aghtamar Island in Lake Van. Two adults and three youths, including a boy from Armenia named Van and three Armenians from the town of […]

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