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A khachkar (cross stone) was blessed in front of Almudena Cathedral of Madrid

2024-05-20

During the Feast of Pentecost, on Sunday, May 19, an Armenian Khachkar (a cross stone) was blessed and consecrated in front of Almudena Cathedral of Madrid by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian -- Pontifical Legate of Western Europe and the Representative of the Armenian Church to the Holy See – along with Cardinal Jose Cobo Cano of Madrid. Also assisting was Father Shnorhk Sargsyan, Vicar of the Pontifical Legate in Spain and...

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Pope Francis bestowed Medal of Honor to Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

2024-01-25

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 20th Anniversary of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches a public Academic Act took place on Tuesday, January 23 at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas “Angelicum” in Rome. During the Academic Act Cardinal Kurt Koch, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity,...

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Opening ceremony of Sunday School in Geraardsbergen, Belgium

2023-12-11

On December 8, in the city of Geraardsbergen, Belgium, in the newly established Armenian church community, the opening of the "Komitas" Sunday school took place. An Armenian church community was established in the city of Geraardsbergen two months ago, and a Sunday school is already operating for the Armenians living in the community and neighboring towns. The Sunday school opening ceremony began with a church ceremony...

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The 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican

2023-10-26

On October 4, the first session of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops began in the Vatican, which will end on October 29, and the second session will take place in 2024. This year, for the first time, not only bishops, but also lay men and women are participating in the assembly. His Eminence Khajag Archbishop Barsamian participates in the Synod of Bishops on behalf of The Catholicos of All...

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Consecration ceremony of the Armenian cross-stone at Holy Spirit Church in Amsterdam

2023-10-25

On October 22, in the yard of the Armenian Apostolic Church Holy Spirit in Amsterdam, a cross-stone consecration ceremony, dedicated to the memory of the casualties of the 44-day war in Artsakh, was held under the presides of the Pontifical Delegate of Western Europe His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Viktor...

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16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

2023-10-04

This year, the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in the Vatican on October 4-29. This year, for the first time, not only bishops will participate in the assembly, but also priests, lay people, who will be directly appointed by Pope Francis. His Eminence Khajag Archbishop Barsamian will participate in the Synod of Bishops on behalf of The Catholicos of All Armenians. The 16th...

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655th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese in Poland

2023-09-06

On September 3, within the framework of the celebration of the 655th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church Diocese in Poland, an Ecumenical Prayer was held in the Wawel Cathedral of Krakow by Metropolitan  Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Krakow, spiritual leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese in Poland, His Grace Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan and the Pontifical Legate of Western...

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Study visit of Catholic priests to Armenia

2023-09-04

A delegation of Catholic priests was invited by the Armenian Apostolic Church - See of Etchmiadzin, from 26 August to 2 September, to deepen their knowledge of the Armenian Christian tradition. The delegation, composed of seven young priests from different countries (Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic), all involved in ecumenical relations at the national or diocesan level, was accompanied by Revd Fr Hyacinthe...

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Communique of the Organizing Committee for 850th Anniversary of St. Nerses Shnorhali’s passing

2023-03-22

The Holy See (Vatican) through its Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity and Dicastery for Oriental Churches, with the participation of the Catholicosate of All Armenians, Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia are planning to honor the 850th anniversary of St. Nerses Shnorhali’s passing. On Tuesday, 21 March, 2023 a meeting of the Organizing Committee, composed of...

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Preparation of the 850th anniversary of the death of Saint Nerses

2023-02-17

On Wednesday, 15 February, a meeting was held at the Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity to prepare the commemoration of the 850th anniversary of the death of St Nerses the Gracious (or "Shnorhali", 1102-1173), which falls in 2023. St. Nerses, Catholicos of the Armenian Church, is known for his theological, poetic and musical work, as well as for his commitment to Christian unity. At the invitation of His...

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