National Ecclesiastical Assembly Concludes

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The second session of the National Ecclesiastical Council was convened in St. Etchmiadzin on October 28 under the chairmanship of the newly elected Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II.

Opening the session–Karekin I expressed his deep sorrow in connection with the previous day’s tragedy at the National Assembly of Armenia. He read out his condolence message addressed to the President and the entire Armenian nation.

The National Ecclesiastical Council addressed a message of condolences to President Robert Kocharian and all Armenia’s.

The Council instructed the representative assembly consisting of bishops and delegates from all diocese to discuss and adopt a draft statute of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The National Ecclesiastical Council hopes this work will be completed by October 2000.

After the discussions of this issue–the National Ecclesiastical Council session was declared closed.

There will be an additional announcement about the annointment and enthronement of the Catholicos.

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