Church and Taxes: AAC’s financial activities become subject of debate in Parliament

By NAIRA HAYRUMYAN ArmeniaNow correspondent 26.10.11 The feasibility of taxing church property has become a subject of heated debate this week as Armenian lawmakers adopted in the first reading an amendment to the tax laws that grant some privileges to the Armenian Apostolic Church (ACC). Relevant draft amendments have been submitted by the Government, whose head Tigran Sargsyan ...

State Department on Armenian church collapsed in Georgia

14/9/2011 Georgian government respected religious freedom in law and in practice, says U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom. The report contains information about the Armenian church collapsed in Tbilisi in November 2009. “The church was used as a warehouse during the Soviet era. The church did not reopen after the country’s independence, when title to the property ...

Head of AAC Iraqi Diocese inspects Armenian church construction in N. Iraq

19/8/2011 PanARMENIAN.Net - Earlier this month His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq, paid a pastoral visit to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, mainly to inspect the work of a new church which is being built in the village of Havresk (Hye Verejh) in the province of Duhok. According ...

Legal status of Armenian Church in Georgia will secure religious heritage – MP

2/7/2011 YEREVAN. - The fact that Georgian Parliament amended the Civil code, granting 5 religions denominations, Armenian Apostolic Church among them, status of legal entity of public law will greatly contribute to preservation of Armenian religious heritage in Georgia, ruling Armenian Republican Party MP Shirak Torosyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am. He stressed that this decision will ...

Priest: sectarians attack AAC since Armenia’s Independence

16/5/2011 PanARMENIAN.Net - Priest of the Holy Trinity Church of Yerevan Yesai Artenyan said the blame for the attack of followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses sect on him rests with the Armenian legislation, but not some persons. Sectarians have been massively attacking the Armenian Apostolic Church since the very first day of Armenia’s independence. “Law enforcers should deal with ...

NCFA to join AAC in project on revival of monasticism in Tatev monastery

3/2/2011 PanARMENIAN.Net - National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA) plans to continue works for reconstruction of Tatev monastery in the framework of Tatev Revival Project. NCFA will join Armenian Apostolic Church in the project on revival of monasticism in Tatev monastery. The Foundation plans to extend active assistance in development of tourism in Armenia through involvement of media ...

Armenian church in Akhaltsikhe: AAC Concerned

6/12/2010 The Mother See of Echmiadzin is concerned over the fact that the khachkars (cross-stones) have been removed from the walls of Surb Erevum (Holy Epiphany/Theophany) Church and taken to the local history museum. Through the Georgian diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAA), the Mother See applied to the Vatikan representation in Georgia for ...

OCA Strategic Vision Committee Members Announced

SYOSSET NY [OCA Communications] -- The 15th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in November 2008, mandated that the OCA develop a strategic plan for its future.Since the Council, the OCA's Holy Synod of Bishops has engaged in an ongoing discussion about the mission and vision of the Orthodox Church in America, ...