Prelate Meets With Coptic Assyrian Church Leaders

LOS ANGELES–Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian last week met with the Western Region leaders of the of the Coptic and Assyrian churches.

On Wednesday–Jan. 13–the Prelate–accompanied by Rev. Vazken Atmadjian visited the Bishop Serapion–the leader of the Coptic Church at its headquarters in Eagle Rock.

The two religious leader exchanged holiday greetings–following which Prelate Mardirossian conveyed season’s greeting to the entire Coptic community–on behalf of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia.

During the one-hour meeting–the two bishops discussed issues of mutual interest–and addressed means of expanding cooperation between the two churches.

Bishop Serapion also expressed his congratulations to Catholicos Aram I on his re-election as the chairman of the World Council of Churches during that organization’s international assembly last month in Harare–Zimbabwe.

Bishop Serapion–who attended the Harare meeting and presented a first-hand account of the meeting and articulated the immense popularity enjoyed by Aram I in the Council and within ecumenical movement circles.

At the close of the meeting–Bishop Mardirossian participated in vespers with Bishop Serapion.

Bishop Mardirossian took part in the blessing and inauguration of a Coptic Church in Northridge last November–where he addressed the Coptic community during a banquet.

On Friday–Jan. 8–Bishop Mardirossian and the Prelacy played host to the Assyrian Orthodox Church leader Bishop Eugene Kaplan–who was accompanied by Rev. Dr. Joseph Tarzi.

The Assyrian church leaders were greeted at the Prelacy entrance by Rev. Father Krikor Chiftdjian–Rev. Nareg Pehlivanian and Rev. Vazken Atmadjian–who escorted the guests to the Prelacy meeting hall where Bishop Mardirossian awaited their arrival.

The two leaders exchanged holiday greetings with Bishop Mardirossian also conveying Aram I’s greeting on the New Year and Christmas holidays.

The two leaders discussed issues of concern to their communities and addresses several aspects of social–religious and community concerns.

Bishop Kaplan expressed his congratulations to Aram I on his election as present of the World Council of Churches–and urged Prelate Mardirossian to personally convey the greetings to the Catholicos.

Bishop Mardirossian and Rev. Atmadjian–in return–visited the Assyrian Orthodox Church Diocese on Thursday–Jan 14–where they were met by Bishop Kaplan and other Assyrian church leaders.

The two leaders stressed the importance of cooperation between the two churches and emphasized the importance of expanding those ties.

Bishop Mardirossian–accompanied by Right Rev. Papken Charian and Rev. Father Krikor Chiftdjian headed for Antelias Monday to take part in the Catholicosate’s Religious Assembly–which convened Wednesday.

The assembly is scheduled to review the church constitution and discuss efforts to celebrate and mark the 1,700th anniversary of adoption of Christianity by Armenia.

Bishop Mardirossian will remain in Antelias until February and will take part in a meeting at the Catholicosate between Aram I and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Prelate visited the Anglican Church leader last year during a visit to Great Britain.


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