Armenian Defense Minister receives German Armed Forces bishop


October 08, 2012 | 16:12

YEREVAN. – Armenia’s Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan on Monday
received Monsignor Joachim Simon, Catholic Bishop and Military
Inspector of the German Armed Forces. The Bishop is in Armenia on a
familiarization visit to exchange know-how on the role and functions
of spiritual service in the army.

Ohanyan noted that a great importance is attached to spiritual service
in Armenia’s Armed Forces. He stressed that the exchange of know-how in
such services is important, especially since the Armenian and German
military service people take part in a joint mission in Afghanistan,
Armenian MOD press service informs.

In his turn, Monsignor Simon noted that there are similarities between
the functions and challenges of the spiritual services in the armies
of both countries, and therefore the exchange of know-how can be
productive for the two sides.

Also along the lines of his trip to Armenia, Bishop Joachim Simon is
scheduled to meet with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, and
visit the Institute for National Strategic Studies, military units,
historical and cultural sites, and the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

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