His Holiness Aram

His Holiness Aram I explains the reasons for filing the lawsuit of the Catholicosate of Cilicia against the Constitutional Court of Turkey

May 14, 2015 Featured News

May 2015 During a recent interview, His Holiness Aram I explained the reasons for the lawsuit filed on 28 April 2015 before the Turkish Constitutional Court demanding the return of the Centre of the Catholicosate in Sis (Kozan). He recounted how the Catholicosate of Cilicia, which had moved to Sis in 1295 in order to […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia demands its Property in Sis from the Turkish Constitutional Court

May 3, 2015 Featured News

April- May 2015 On Tuesday 28 April 2015, the attorney of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Turkey submitted a brief to the Constitutional Court in Turkey, requesting the return of its Centre in Sis (Kozan). Convinced that recognition of the Genocide and compensation should go together, His Holiness Aram I, on the year of the […]

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The ideology of Pan Turanism was the basis for the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire – His Holiness Aram I

April 20, 2015 Featured News

20/4/15 Following the Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, where Pope Francis reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide, Catholicos Aram I was interviewed by the Vatican Insider newspaper. The interview covered the following issues: The statement of His Holiness the Pope and Turkey’s reaction to the statement; […]

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We demand Recognition of the Armenian Genocide and Reparation from Turkey Stated His Holiness Aram I

April 17, 2015 Featured News

12 April 2015. In the morning, a special Mass was celebrated in Rome at St. Peter’s Papal Basilica to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A number of clergy, members of the diplomatic corps, the President of Armenia and a large number of Armenians arriving from different continents attended the service. Quoting a […]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief meets with His Holiness Aram I

April 15, 2015 Featured News

2 April 2015. On Thursday morning, UN Special Rapporteur, Dr Heiner Bielefeldt, met with His Holiness Aram I at the Catholicosate in Antelias. Dr. Bielefeld was on an information-gathering mission on religious tolerance in the Middle East for a report he will be presenting to the UN Human Rights Council. In their discussion, His Holiness […]

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His Holiness Aram I receives representatives of the Coalition of Religious Communities in Lebanon

April 12, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 8 April 2015. On Wednesday, representatives of the Interfaith Coalition of Religious Leaders met with His Holiness Aram I and invited him to a special event to be held on 12 April commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Lebanese civil war, which was to take place at the Martyr’s Square, a symbol of […]

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His Holiness Aram I received representatives of Syriac National Political Party

April 12, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 9 April 2015. On Thursday morning, three members of the Syriac National Political Party’s International Committee met with His Holiness Aram I, in the presence of Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Terhran. The Syriac representatives first introduced their party, the goals of which are to organize the diaspora and demand justice from Turkey […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus signifies the triumph of light over darkness

April 7, 2015 Featured News

On 5 April 2015. In his Easter sermon, His Holiness Aram I spoke of the Resurrection of Jesus as the triumph of the Truth, the promise of eternal life and the victory of light over darkness. He told the large number of faithful gathered at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral for Easter Liturgy that those […]

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His Holiness Aram I thanks the President of Cyprus for the new law Criminalizing the negation of the Armenian Genocide

April 7, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 Upon hearing that the Cypriot parliament had voted unanimously to adopt a law criminalizing the negation of the Armenian Genocide, Catholicos Aram I wrote to President Nicos Anastasiades, thanking the people of Cyprus for their decision. In his letter, His Holiness Aram I noted that in 1975, Cyprus was the second country to […]

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Commemoration of the Parable of the Ten Maidens in Antelias

April 4, 2015 Featured News

31 March 2015. During the evening service in Antelias on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Armenian Orthodox Church commemorated the parable of the Ten Maidens. After prayers and hymns on the theme, reminding the faithful to be prepared for the Day of Judgment, the priest read the parable (Matthew 25:14-30). As is the tradition, during […]

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Monuments for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide are coming to their completion

March 20, 2015 Featured News

17 March 2015. The Catholicosate is completing its projects related to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary; the projects comprise publications, cultural and religious activities, and legal actions. One of the major activities is taking in place in Bikfaya, where the courtyard around the Renaissance statute has been expanded and a new altar dedicated to […]

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His Holiness Aram I receives the Minister of Diaspora of Armenia

March 18, 2015 News

13 March 2015. On Friday morning Catholicos Aram I received Minister of Diaspora, Her Excellency Heranoush Hagopian, and the Ambassador of Armenia to Lebanon, His Excellency Ashod Kocharian. They discussed the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Armenian Genocide, as well as Armenia-Diaspora relations. At the end of the meeting His Holiness praised the work of […]

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“Lent is an invitation to accountability” Catholicos Aram I

March 18, 2015 Featured News

9 March 2015. As every year, His Holiness Aram I presided over the Arevakal (mid-Lent sunrise service) at St. Nishan Cathedral of the Diocese of Lebanon, the seminary choir performing the service. In his message, the Catholicos reminded the faithful that Lent is a spiritual journey of self-examination. Each Sunday of Lent is named after […]

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The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag Meets with His Holiness Aram I

March 8, 2015 News

8/3/15 On 5th (Thursday) morning, Sigrid Kaag, who is preparing a report on security and stability in Lebanon for the UN General Secretary and the next meeting of the Security Council, met with His Holiness Aram I in Antelias. They discussed their concerns about the situation in the country and in the region, and the […]

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The Sixth meeting between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Center for the Islamic Culture & Relations of Islamic Republic of Iran Will begin in Antelias

March 3, 2015 Featured News

3 March 2013. On Tuesday His Holiness Aram I will preside over the opening of the 6thbiennial meeting in Antelias. The dialogue between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Islamic Republic of Iran began 15 years ago and takes place interchangeably between Tehran and Antelias. During the two-day meeting 25 experts representing the Catholicosate and […]

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“Armenian parents should transform the family into a ‘little Church,’ a blessed structure of our community,” – His Holiness Aram I

February 18, 2015 Featured News

Friday 13 February 2014. On Thursday evening, a large number of parents and their children gathered at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral to attend the evening service prior to the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. His Holiness Aram I presided over the ceremony and preached. After recounting the story of Jesus’ […]

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“The ideals of Vartanantz heroes continue to inspire our courageous people in Karabagh,” Said His Holiness Aram I

February 18, 2015 Featured News

On 12 February 2015, at the Feast of the Vartanantz Heroes, the dean of the seminary, Rev. Torkom Donoyan, celebrated the Holy Liturgy, presided over by His Holiness Aram I. In his sermon, Rev. Torkom spoke of the urgency of national unity and the importance of Christian faith in shaping the struggle of Armenians for […]

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Aram I: The Guardian of the Cause – By Dania Ohanian

February 18, 2015 Featured News

18/2/15 The international conference on the Armenian Genocide: from recognition to reparation, took place at the Catholicosate of Cilicia, in Antelias, Lebanon, from February 23-25, 2012. The philosophy of such a thought-provoking conference flew academicians from around the world and was organized by His Holiness Aram I, a visionary church leader. The objective of the […]

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Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam Meets with Catholicos Aram I

January 21, 2015 News

17 January 2015. On Saturday evening Prime Minister of Lebanon Tamam Salam came to meet with His Holiness Aram I in Antelias. During the one-hour meeting, they discussed the conflict in the region, the situation in the country and issues connected with the Lebanese presidential election. Source:  

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His Holiness Aram I presents his condolences to the President of France, François Hollande

January 12, 2015 News

9 January 2015. Yesterday, in his letter of condolence addressed to President François Hollande on behalf of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, His Holiness Aram I condemned the recent terrorist acts in Paris, and stated, “The Armenian Church strongly believes in mutual understanding, respect and tolerance between religions, is committed to justice and to the […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia Will Always Be at the Forefront of Demanding the Restoration of Our People’s Rights and Restitution of Their Properties – His Holiness Aram I

January 7, 2015 Featured News

1 January 2014. At the end of the Holy Liturgy, celebrating the New Year at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, the clergy and laity went to the residence of Catholicos Aram I to hear his message and receive his blessings. In his message, the Catholicos reminded the gathering that the New Year and the Feast […]

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