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 PRESIDES OVER A MEETING OF THE PRESIDENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (MECC)

On, 21 August 2012, His Holiness Aram I, one of the Presidents of the MECC, moderated an emergency meeting of the Council. The other Presidents attending the meeting were: Syriac Catholic Patriarch His Beatitude Youssef III Lahham, representing the Catholic family of churches, His Grace Mounib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran in Jordan ...

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 at St. Gregory the Illuminator church in Tehran

“BEING CHRISTIAN IS A QUALITY OF LIFE” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I ANTELIAS, Lebanon - Continuing his visit to the parishes in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday 20 May, His Holiness Aram preached at the church of St. Gregory the Illuminator. The theme of his sermon was “Christ: our Life”. His Holiness described life as a “gift of God. ...

His Holiness Aram I at Ararad Sport Center

20/5/2012 “CULTURE HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN ARMENIAN CHRISTIANITY” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I ANTELIAS, Lebanon - “Culture is an efficient way of self-expression and self-affirmation of a people. Hence, it plays a crucial role in preserving and enhancing a nation’s identity. This is more than true with the Armenian people” said his Holiness. Roughly speaking five ...

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 ARAM I CONDEMNS THE BREACH OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS OF GREEK ORTHODOX BY THE ILLEGAL REGIME OF THE TURKISH OCCUPIED CYPRUS

12/4/2012 On April 11 2012, His Holiness Aram I received a letter from the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, informing him that the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus had placed Bishop of Karpasia, Christoforos, on their ‘stop’ list, an act that denies his fundamental human right of ...

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 ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM REFUSES TO HAVE AN INTERVIEW ON A TURKISH TV CHANNEL

4/3/2012 The Communication Department of the Catholicosate turned down an invitation addressed to His Holiness Aram I for a live interview on a Turkish satellite TV channel. In the letter of invitation, the "Armenian issue" appears among the topics to be discussed. Referring to the offer of an interview, the Communication Department reminds that "for the ...

“CONCILIARITY NEEDS TO BE REVISITED BY THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT” H.H. ARAM I

7/2/2012 Addressing to the gathering of the General Secretaries of the regional and national ecumenical councils, His Holiness Aram I emphasized "the pivotal importance of reactivating ecumenical conciliarity considering it crucial for the future course of the ecumenical movement". Catholicos Aram I considered the General Secretaries "not only administrators dealing with day to day administration of ...

HE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES DR. OLAV FYKSE TVEIT MEETS WITH HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

29/1/2012 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 ...

“FRANCE ASSISTS TURKEY TO CORRECT ITS HISTORICAL RECORD” SAID HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

01/24/2012 Commenting on the adoption of the bill by the French Senate last night, which declares that ‘denial of the Armenian genocide is a crime,’ His Holiness Aram I said that “France is opening the road for Turkey to correct its historical record. The vote of 23 January 2012 reminds us of the event during ...

“THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THE ARAB WORLD MUST ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH ALL TRENDS OF ISLAM WHICH ADVOCATE DEMOCRACY, COEXISTENCE AND NON-VIOLENCE” H. H. ARAM I

25/1/2012 In his opening remarks to the international conference on "The Christian Presence and Witness in the Arab World", taking place at the headquarters of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, His Holiness Aram I said that "in view of the changing political landscape in the Arab world, the Christian communities are called to ...