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Cerimony on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the BSEC

2022-06-12

Archbishop Barsamian was invited by Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan, Armenia’s permanent representative to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, to participate an event, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the BSEC and the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s participation in this body on June 9, held on a large scale at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall of Istanbul. Approximately 1,000 people attended, including...

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Archbishop Barsamian met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mlut Cavusoglu

2022-06-11

On June 9, Archbishop Barsamian went to Ankara with Patriarch Mashalian to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss celebrating the 850th anniversary of St. Nerses IV Shnorhali next year in historic Hromgla, Cilicia (today called Rumkale in Turkish), located on a promontory overlooking the Euphrates River. St. Nerses served as catholicos there. Archbishop Barsamian explained that some months ago he...

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PSIA Hosts Representative of Armenian Apostolic Church to Holy See

2022-05-17

On May 16, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) program hosted His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Pontifical Legate of the Western Europe and Representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church to the Holy See. The guest lecture was organized as part of PSIA Foreign Policy Analysis graduate course to discuss the foreign relations of the Mother See of Holy...

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Prof. Terian had the opportunity to present to His Holiness his three new publications

2022-03-03

On March 2, at the Papal General Audience in Vatican, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian presented Professor Abraham Terian to His Holiness Pope Francis. Prof. Terian had the opportunity to present to His Holiness his three new publications including “From the Depth of the Heart: Annotated Translations of the Prayers of St. Gregory of Narek”. The Pope expressed his appreciation to Prof. Terian and gave his blessings to him and...

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Commemoration of St. Gregory of Narek and the Presentation of the english translation of his prayers

2022-03-02

 On February 28, on the occasion of the day of remembrance of St. Gregory of Narek (or Grigor Narekatsi in Armenian) in accordance to the Roman Catholic Church calendar, an ecumenical prayer service and a special presentation took place at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. The ecumenical service was presided over by His Eminences Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of Pontifical Council for Promoting...

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Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches

2022-02-01

The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches held an online meeting on 26-28 January 2022. The meeting, jointly chaired by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of PCPCU and by Bishop Kyrillos, Auxiliary Bishop in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, California, USA, was dedicated to the study of a draft document on the sacraments in the...

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Archbishop Barsamian joins Pope Francis at Vespers dedicated for Christian Unity

2022-01-26

On Tuesday 25 January, Pope Francis presided at Vespers at St Paul Outside the Walls to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2022. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Representative of the Armenian Church to the Holy See (Vatican) was invited, along with other ecumenical leaders, to join Pope Francis in this prayer service. Archbishop Khajag had the opportunity to present the fraternal warm greeting and good wishes of...

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Meeting of Cardinal Koch with Catholicos Karekin II and Patriarch Sahak II

2021-10-12

On 7 October at Domus Sanctae Marthae Cardinal Kurt Koch met with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, together with His Beatitude Sahak II, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, within the context of their visit to Rome. In his introductory greeting at the dinner in honour of the guests, Cardinal Koch welcomed His Holiness Karekin II and His Beatitude Sahak II, on his first visit...

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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian spoke at the G20 Interfaith Forum

2021-09-15

The G20 Interfaith Forum in 2021 brought together in Bologna (Italy) many religious, political and civic leaders from different countries for three-day deliberations on September 12-14. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Pontifical Legate of the Western Europe and the Representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was invited to deliver his remarks in this forum. Archbishop Barsamian’s panel presentation on...

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Lebanon Christian Leaders around the Pope in prayer for the Nation

2021-07-01

His Holiness Pope Francis invited Christian Leaders of Lebanon to Vatican for a Day of Prayer and Reflection for Lebanon. Some 10 senior leaders of the various Christian Churches and communities of Lebanon have arrived in the Vatican for a day of prayer and reflection with Pope Francis, on the current situation of the troubled Middle Eastern nation and its future, and to implore for the gift of peace and stability. The...

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