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 ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I INAUGURATES THE 13TH SESSION OF ANNUAL SEMINARS FOR WOMEN

The Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon On 23 October 2012, His Holiness Aram I inaugurated the 13th session of eight-month long Christian education seminar for women at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias.  About 100 women have enrolled in this adult education activity organized by the Christian Education Department of the Catholicosate. The course will ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEBANON COMMITTEE OF THE ARMENIAN DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL PARTY (RAMGAVAR)

On Tuesday 9 October 2012, representatives of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, headed by its president Mr. Haroutiun Yerganian visited His Holiness Arm I in Bikfaya. They discussed issues related to Armenia and Diaspora, as well as the situation in Syria and Lebanon. His Holiness Aram I emphasized the importance of the forthcoming 100th anniversary commemoration ...

“NO GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL HAS THE RIGHT TO UNDERMINE WHAT IS REGARDED AS SACRED BY ANY RELIGION” – HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

24/9/2012 Following the recent protests against the disgusting film on you tube denigrating Prophet Mohammed, His Holiness Aram I stated that “no group or individual has the right to undermine what is regarded as sacred by any religion, and we strongly condemn such approaches. The traditions, teachings and values of all religions should be respected.” He ...

RECENT STATEMENTS BY HIS HOLINESS ARAM I ON THE SITUATION IN SYRIA

27 August 2012. In recent weeks, either in his messages to the community or when receiving foreign guests, Catholicos Aram I has addressed the situation in Syria. Together with the members of the executive council of the Catholicosate, the Prelate and Diocesan Council in Syria, he has been monitoring the situation. In view of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I APPEALS FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND CALLS FOR CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM CO-EXISTENCE

7/8/2012 His Holiness Aram I the Spiritual Head of the Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholicosate of Cilicia and a President of the Middle East Council of Churches, appealed to all Ecumenical and Humanitarian Organizations to speed up aid to the population in Syria. He also appealed to the Syrians to end violence and work towards the unity of ...

“ARMENIANS IN SYRIA REMAIN LOYAL TO THEIR HOMELAND AND ITS PEOPLE” STATED HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

23/7/2012 His Holiness Aram I, who has been following the situation in Syria with the community leadership in Syria for the past year, expressed his solidarity with his people, making the following statement: 1.I have been monitoring the situation in Syria with the Executive Council of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, and we urge the Armenian community ...

“THROUGH THE LITURGY THE CHURCH BECOMES COMMUNITY AND ACQUIRES ITS IDENTITY” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

22/7/2012 Addressing the fourth conference of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I stressed the pivotal importance of liturgy for the life and mission of the church. Catholicos Aram elaborated his reflections by highlighting the following points: 1) Through the liturgy, the church manifests and realizes itself, it becomes koinonia and receives God's ...

“NO DUST SHOULD SETTLE ON OUR CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES” SAYS HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

On Friday 8 June 2012, His Holiness Aram I inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to “Early Armenian Printed Books and Periodicals”. The exhibition was organized by the Seminary with the assistance of a committee of experts. Deacon Michael Sarkissian welcomed the large public and Mr. Jirair Tanielian, an expert on early printing history, spoke of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I HONORS BENEFACTOR PUZANT KEVORKIAN

1/6/2012 On Friday 1 June 2012, the Board of Azounieh Hospital inaugurated the new Hall and the annexes to the Main Building. On this occasion His Holiness Aram I decorated its benefactor Puzant Kevorian with the insignia of ‘Knight of Cilicia’. Rev. Dr. Meguerditch Karagueuzian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Union of the Middle East represented ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I ON A PASTORAL VISIT TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND THEN TO IRAN

2/5/2012 On Tuesday May 1 2012, Catholicos Aram I began his pastoral visit in the United Arab Emirates. He will preside on the activities organized by the Armenian community in Sharjah and Dubai, and in Abu Dhabi he will lay the corner-stone to the Church and community centre on the land offered by Sheikh Khalifa Bin ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH MAXIM OF BULGARIA AND MEMBERS OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF THE BULGARIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

DECR Chairman 28/04 /2012 On 27 April 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met and talked with His Holiness Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria and with members of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church. Taking part in the meeting, which took place at the Synodal residence, were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE TALENTED SINGER HASMIG BABYANce:

On 12 April 2012, His Holiness Aram I received in his office the talented singer Hasmig Babyan, accompanied by representatives of Hamazkayin – the Armenian Cultural and Educational Society, and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Ms. Babyan, who lives in Vienna, is a well known operatic and concert singer. She was recently invited to sing ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I BLESSES WITH THE RELIC OF THE RIGHT HAND OF SAINT GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS AT THE CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA

26/3/2012 The feast of the entrance of St. Gregory the Illuminator to Khor Virab (the ‘deep well’) is also a time of pilgrimage to the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral at the Catholicosate of Cilicia. St Thaddeus and Bartholomew are the founders of the Armenian Church. St. Gregory played a leading role in the conversion of ...