Visit of the Fresco Festival Organizers to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

July 2015

On July 15, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received the organizers of the Fresco International Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Director of the Conceptual Affairs Office of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and His Grace Bishop Vardan Navasardyan, Director of the Christian Education Center of Mother See.

At the beginning of the meeting, Bishop Vardan presented the successes recorded during the Fresco Festival, noting with satisfaction that it was held in Harichavank and the closing ceremony was held at the Mother See.

The organizers of the festival expressed their gratitude and thanked His Holiness for the support of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church.

His Holiness conveyed his blessings and best wishes to the festival organizers, highlighting its purpose: to promote the dissemination of love, solidarity, and strengthening of humanitarian and spiritual values in civil society through spiritual-cultural dialogue.

Offering his congratulations on the success of the festival, His Holiness made particular mention of the role of the youth in the activities and organization of the festival, also noting that the festival provided an opportunity for people from vulnerable groups of society to take part in the events. The Catholicos of All Armenians stressed the importance of the need to implement such initiatives directed at the strengthening of spiritual and moral values in civil society.

Once again expressing his appreciation to the initiators of the spiritual film festival, His Holiness wished them success in their future works for the festival and expressed confidence that in the future it will play a powerful and unique role not only in Armenia, but also on an international scale.