Statement by the Bishops Synod of the Armenian Church

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 12/6/18 On June 8, a Bishops Synod was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The meeting was attended by Bishops and lay members of the Supreme Spiritual Council. Following the meeting, the Synod issued the following statement: In recent days, some individuals have planned an initiative, organizing protests, releasing ...

15th century Armenian church bells consecrated in Odessa Oblast

PanARMENIAN.Net   - 6/6/18 PanARMENIAN.Net - The bells of the Armenian Church of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, built in the 15th century, have been consecrated in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, a city in Ukraine's Odessa Oblast. The consecration was conducted by the Primate of the Ukrainian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bishop Marcos Hovhannisyan, AnalitikaUA.net reports. On that day, Mayor Alla Ginak, ...

Turkish state blocks election of a new Armenian Patriarch – World Watch Monitor

Patriarch Mesrob II Mutafyan was officially retired in October 2016. Pic - http://www.armradio.am

Barbara G. Baker - WorldWatchMonitor - 27/2/18 For the sixth time since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the government of constitutionally “secular” Turkey has openly intervened in the selection of a new Armenian Patriarch to lead the nation’s largest Christian community. Now estimated at less than 40,000, Turkey’s Armenian community – located primarily in Istanbul ...

President Radev of the Republic of Bulgaria Visited Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 20/2/18 On February 13, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria and his wife Dessislava Radeva. They were accompanied by Mr. Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ...

“THE QUESTION OF JERUSALEM MUST BE DEPOLITICIZED AND JERUSALEM SHOULD BE DECLARED “THE CAPITAL” OF THE THREE MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS” H.H. ARAM I

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - January- February 2018 This view was the core of the intervention of His Holiness Aram I at the first session of the international conference on Jerusalem organized by Azhar in Cairo on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. After affirming that "the future status of Jerusalem must be an inseparable and integral part of the peace process," His ...

Aram I declares 2018 ‘The year of independence’

www.armradio.am - 18/1/18 His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, has declared 2018 “The Year of Independence” to mark the centennial anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment of the First Republic, Press Service of the Catholicate of Cilicia reports. Aram I’s Pontifical Encyclical was read on Sunday, Jan. 14, during the Holy Liturgy ...

“AS WARS, POLARIZATION IN POLITICS, AND MISERY OF THE PEOPLE GROW, THE MESSAGE OF BETHLEHEM REMINDS HUMANITY OF ITS VOCATION TO ESTABLISH PEACE WITH JUSTICE BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT” STATES HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 7/1/18 “AS WARS, POLARIZATION IN POLITICS, AND MISERY OF THE PEOPLE GROW, THE MESSAGE OF BETHLEHEM REMINDS HUMANITY OF ITS VOCATION TO ESTABLISH PEACE WITH JUSTICE BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT” STATES HIS HOLINESS ARAM I. On Saturday morning, 6 January, His Holiness Aram I entered the Church in procession while the bells of St. Gregory the ...

THE HOLY SEE OF CILICIA CONVENES WORLD NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY H.H. ARAM I IDENTIFIES THE PRIORITIES OF THE CHURCH

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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 6/12/17 Antelias, Lebanon-  Under the presidency of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, the World National General Assembly convened at the Armenian Catholicoate in Antelias, Lebanon with the participation of around 130 clergy, lay delegates, and invited guests representing the prelacies of the Holy See of Cilicia across the world. The assembly, ...

Holy Lance ‘Geghard’ Brought to the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin for the Feast of St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 6/12/17 On December 2, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. The Feast of the founding Apostles of the Armenian Church was solemnly celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In 2015, according to the Pontifical Encyclical issued by His Holiness Karekin II, ...

Holy Lance ‘Geghard’ will be brought to the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin for the Feast of St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 28/11/17 In 2015, the Feast Day of St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, the Founders of the Armenian Church, was declared as the pilgrimage day of the Holy Lance; by Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. This year, the Holy Lance (Geghard) will ...

Pontifical Visit of the Catholicos of All Armenians to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 29/10/17 On 26 October, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on the first day of his visit to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America; visited the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School in Pasadena, CA, and met with the administration. After ...

“WHY WOULD THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS SO EASILY REJECT OUR CASE, KNOWING THAT NO LAWYER WOULD DARE TO BRING SUCH A CASE BEFORE THE TURKISH COURTS?”

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 26/10/17 Brussels. Addressing the conference on the Armenian Cause at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 19 October 2017, His Holiness Aram I said, “the Armenian Genocide is no longer an exclusive concern of Armenian-Turkish relations; this well-documented fact of history, the first genocide of the 20th Century, has become a matter of historical ...

Holy Qurbana Echoes the Armenian Way in Colaba Church

MOTV - 9/8/17 (Armenian - Indian Orthodox Churches) Arriving in Mumbai as traders in the late 17th Century and early 18th Century, Armenians built a Church nestled in the lanes of Fort. Named St Peter’s Orthodox Church, it was built in 1796 by Armenians. Besides Kolkata, where they continue to be in large numbers, presence of ...

Gevorkian Theological Seminary 2016-2017 Academic Year Closing Ceremony

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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - June - July 2017 On 24th June, the 2016-2017 academic year closing ceremony of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary was held in the Events Auditorium, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Attending the ceremony were members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See, ...

Second Palm Sunday and First Republic Day Commemorations in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 29/5/17 On May 28, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the Second Palm Sunday, which this year coincided with the First Republic Day of Armenia. Under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a Divine Liturgy was offered in the Mother Cathedral. The Celebrant ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Received the Vice-President of India

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 3/5/17 On April 26, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India and President of the Upper House of Parliament. Vice President Hamid Ansari was accompanied by his delegation, and Mr. Edward ...

Prayer at the Armenian Church for the 102 Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 25/4/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus at St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Cathedral in Damascus. His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. ...

UEFA President Visits Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 13/4/17 On April 12, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Aleksander Čeferin, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President. He was accompanied by Mr. Ruben Hayrapetyan, President of the Football Federation of Armenia. During the meeting, ...

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 22/3/17 Almost for 2000 years the Church of Holy Sepulcher, known as the Church of the Tomb of Christ, has been the holiest place in Jerusalem for Christians. Historically, Constantine the Great was the first Emperor who, in the middle of the 4th century, initiated building Churches for ...

The Meetings of the Central Councils of the Church Assembly and the Sub-Councils of Religious Affairs and Laity of the Catholicosate of Cilicia Conclude

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 26/1/17 The three-day meeting, scheduled 18-20 January 2016 and presided over by Catholicos Aram I, concluded with recommendations on the 19 items on the agenda, which address different manifestations of the mission of the Catholicosate of Cilicia. The three bodies met separately, as joint groups, and in plenary, depending on the topics. After welcoming the members ...

Prayer of Thanks and Pomegranate Blessing

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 31/12/16 Under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a Prayer of Thanks Pomegranate-blessing service will be offered for the New Year. The service will be offered at midnight on the Eve of the New Year in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin ...