FIRST IN 2015 SESSION OF THE HOLY SYNOD TAKES PLACE UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL

On 5 May 2-15, the first in 2015 session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarchal and Synodal resident in St. Daniel’s Monastery. His Holiness greeted members of the Holy Synod with a Paschal greeting ‘Christ ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL’S CONDOLENCES OVER THE DEMISE OF SINGAPORE’S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, MR. LEE KUAN YEW

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the demise of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

28/3/15 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of condolences to the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, over the death of the country’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. HIS EXCELLENCY TONY TAN KENG YAM PRESIDENT REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE Your Excellency, dear Mr. President, I was grieved to learn about ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH THE PRIMATE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ANTIOCH

On 19 February 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Attending the meeting, which took place in the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery, were Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; ...

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 ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL AND HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH IRINEJ BLESS MONUMENT TO TSAR NICHOLAS II THE PASSION-BEARER IN BELGRADE

On 16 November 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia conducted the blessing of a monument to the Tsar and Passion-Bearer, the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, in Belgrade. H.E. Tomislav Nikolić, President of the Republic of Serbia, took part in the solemn unveiling of the ...

Patriarchs Call for Prayer and Unity At Centenial Genocide Commemoration

http://www.armradio.am On October 13, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Mor Ignatius Ephrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, signed a joint declaration in the presence of the delegations of the two Churches. The statement is as follows: HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN ...

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II ON ARMENIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

September 2014 From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin we extend our Pontifical blessings to our people in Armenia and the Diaspora on the occasion of Armenian Independence Day. Today is a sacred day, our nation's day of appreciation, of assessing our achievements, of noting our bright aspirations, and a day of confirming our future possibilities. Independent statehood ...

Message of Catholicos-Patriarch Karekin II on the Commemoration Day of Victory and Peace and the Liberation of Shushi

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II, SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS, ON THE COMMEMORATION DAY OF VICTORY AND PEACE AND THE LIBERATION OF SHUSHI (May 09, 2014) From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we extend our Pontifical blessings and congratulations to our faithful people on the occasion of the day of the glorious victory of May 9. May ...

“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 ...

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH IGNATIUS ZAKKA I IWAS

22/3/14 The funeral arrangements (tentative) for His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas is as follows: Saturday, March 22, 1014 His Holiness’ body will be lying in state at Mor Yacoub Monastery in Germany. Sunday, March 23, 2014, Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) and visitation for His Holiness will be held at Mor Yacoub Monastery Germany. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, His Holiness’ body ...

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 9/3/14 From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, We extend our pontifical blessings and warm congratulations to all the beloved women and girls on the occasion of March 8. The beginning of Spring, when nature undergoes a rebirth, the feast of March 8 brings joy to people’s hearts, highlighting the benevolent ...

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin December 31, 2013 On this festive day of New Year we extend Our Pontifical love and blessings to you, dear faithful people of Armenia and the Diaspora. We are welcoming the redemptive year of 2014. With the sacrament of Our Lord's Holy Nativity we enter a new year. When the clock strikes ...

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 ...

‘IRRESPECTIVE OF DIFFICULTIES, CHRISTIANS WILL STAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST’ SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAMI

On Thursday 23 May 2013, the International Conference on “Christian Presence and Witness in the Middle East” opened in Beirut. The conference was organized by the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches. Around two hundred persons from Europe, North America and Africa were invited. Rev. Masis Choboyan read the message 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 ...