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AGBU PRESIDENT BERGE SETRAKIAN RECEIVED BY CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS KAREKIN II

 

On January 24, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received Mr. Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. During the meeting, the Catholicos and Mr. Setrakian discussed the recent election of the new Patriarch of Jerusalem, noting with confidence that the newly elected Patriarch, Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, will assume the responsibility of strengthening the historical Holy Throne of Jerusalem and protecting the rights of Armenians living there, with enthusiasm and devotion. They discussed the challenging situation in Syria and the difficult conditions facing the Armenian community. They confirmed the decision by both the Armenian Church and AGBU to continue making all efforts to provide aid and support to meet the needs of the Syrian-Armenian community. They also discussed ways of lending assistance to Armenians who had temporarily relocated to Armenia, and those who continue to reside in Syria. During the meeting Mr. Setrakian shared his concerns regarding the challenges of preserving the Armenian identity in the Diaspora, and the necessity of providing Armenian education to Armenian children living in the Diaspora. The AGBU President highlighted the role of the Armenian Church in overcoming these difficulties as well as strengthening the relationship between the Homeland and the Diaspora. The Catholicos of All Armenians and the AGBU President discussed the operations of the joint programs being undertaken by the Mother See and the AGBU. The Pontiff of All Armenians expressed his great appreciation to Mr. Setrakian for the assistance which the AGBU continues to provide to the Armenian Church.


AGBU LEADERSHIP ATTENDS SPECIAL DIVINE LITURGY ON RA ARMY DAY

His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, celebrated a special Divine Liturgy at Holy Etchmiadzin on January 27 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Armenia’s Armed Forces. Present at the Divine Liturgy were Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, national army officials, AGBU President Berge Setrakian and Central Board of Directors members Vasken Yacoubian and Yervant Zorian, as well as primates of the Armenian Church. An official reception followed at the Gevorgyan Seminary Hall where His Holiness offered his blessings to all those present, and awarded the St. Nerses Shnorhali Medal of Honor to a number of high-ranking army officials for their service and devotion to our homeland and people. By Defense Minister Ohanyan’s decree, 20 clergymen, all veterans of the Karabakh War, were awarded the army’s Marshal Baghramyan, Andranik Ozanyan, Drastamat Kanayan, Garegin Njdeh, Vazgen Sargsyan or Admiral Hovhaness Isakov medals.

 
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