Genocide Victims to Be Canonized on Centennial Anniversary

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I, accompanied by members of the Bishops' Synod from around the world, offer prayers at the eternal flame of the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial in Armenia


ETCHMIADZIN, Armenia—A canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide will take place on April 23, 2015, at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The decision was made at the Bishops’ Synod convened at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin from Nov. 11 to 13 under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

The Synod also adopted a statement in which it called on the Christian world to join in prayer on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Members of the Bishops’ Synod also called on the international community to continue the efforts towards international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and reestablish the “just rights” of the Armenian people.

The Synod expressed concern over the ongoing conflicts in different parts of the world, namely Syria and Iraq and Ukraine, which result in numerous human losses and destructions.

The statement criticized the military actions incited by Azerbaijan at the border of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, the most recent demonstration of which was the downing of an Armenian helicopter which resulted in the death of three Armenian servicemen.

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