ANTELIAS: Prospects for increased coop with Greek Cypriot churches

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His Holiness Aram I recently met with the Spiritual Head of the Greek Church
in Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, during his official visit to Cyprus. The Pontiff
arrived to the Archbishop’s headquarters with his procession and was
received at its entrance by Archbishop Chrysostomos himself. Accompanying
His Holiness were Pontifical Vicar to Cyprus, Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian,
Hagop Ateshian from the Central National Committee, Vartkes Mahdessian from
the Armenian community of Cyprus, Dr. Antranig Ashdjian, chairman of the
National Committee, Sebouh Tavitian, chairman of the Diocesan Committee, and
Rev. Father Torkom Donoyan as Staff Bearer.

The meeting served as an opportunity for the further strengthening of the
brotherly bonds between the heads of the two churches, already long-time
acquaintances to one another. The prospects for the development of
cooperation between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Greek Orthodox
Church of Cyprus were discussed, including cooperation at the local level
between the latter and the Armenian Prelacy.

His Holiness and the Archbishop talked about the activities of the Middle
East Council of Churches (MECC). As President of the Council the Pontiff
talked about its future projects and the agenda of the MECC Executive
Council’s important meeting in Cyprus in September. The two spiritual
leaders also spoke about the meeting of the Saint Egidio organization in
Cyprus in October, to which His Holiness Aram I is invitied. The two sides
exchanged gifts at the end of the meeting.

Archbishop Chrysostomos organized a luncheon on honor of the Armenian
Pontiff. The members of the Catholicos’ delegation and Bishops from the
Greek Cypriot Synod were also present.

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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 Ecumenical
activities of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, The Cilician
Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in
Antelias, Lebanon.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS