On Saturday 28 January 2012, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, met with His Holiness Aram I in his office. After Dr Tveit informed the Catholicos of the activities of the WCC, they discussed the impact of the WCC on the life of the member churches.
At the end, His Holiness Aram I shared his views on the Council as the privileged instrument of the ecumenical movement, and said that it should enable the churches to respond to the current challenges posed by the Global Order. The suggestions of the Catholicos were based on his experience as Moderator of the WCC from 1991 to 2006.
At noon the General Secretary was invited to have lunch with His Holiness Aram I.
HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE OF IRAN
On Friday 27 February 2012, Dr. Mohammad Mozafari, Director of the Department of Interreligious Dialogue met with His Holiness Aram I. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian accompanied Dr. Mozafari.
Dr. Mozafari introduced the activities of his department, and expressed the need to strengthen Christian-Muslim dialogue in the region. The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran also recognized the important role of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Christian-Muslim dialogue.
After listening to his guest, Catholicos Aram I emphasized the importance of including daily life issues in dialogue meetings.
At the end they talked of the on-going dialogue between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past ten years and agreed to hold the next meeting in May 2012 in Tehran.