Catholicosate of Cilicia
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Armenian version: nian.htm
HIS HOLINESS ARAM I VISITS THE
TURKISH-OCCUPIED TERRITORIES OF CYPRUS
In the context of his official visit to Cyprus, His Holiness Aram I visited
the Turkish-occupied territories of Cyprus, to visit the old Armenian
Prelacy, the Saint Asdvadzadzine church and the Monastery of St. Magar in
the region. The Pontiff was accompanied by the Pontifical Vicar to Cyprus,
Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Hagop Ateshian from the Central National
Council, Sebouh Tavitian, Chairman of the Diocesan Council and Dr. Antranig
Achdjian, chairman of the National Council.
In the Turkish part of Nicosia His Holiness first visited the building of
the Prelacy and the Saint Asdvadzadine church, then the Melikian-Ouzounian
School, where a monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide
victims has been destroyed. The once Armenian club has now been turned into
a Turkish cultural club.
His Holiness and his companions then moved forward to the Monastery of St.
Magar, which was in a state of almost total destruction. His Holiness toured
all the sections of the historic Monastery. A monument erected on the
occasion of the late Catholicos Sahag II Khabayian’s visit to the region in
1938 still survives.
His Holiness Aram I spent about six hours in the Turkish part of Cyprus,
examining the state of Armenian structures there.
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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the history and
the mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, The Cilician
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