Armenian Apostolic Church to Approve Canonization Procedures

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a news conference on December 15 Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II announced new appointmen’s at the St. Etchmiadzin Holy See. According to him–Archbishop Nerses Pozapalian was appointed head of the publications department of the St. Etchmiadzin Holy See–Bishop Navasard Kchoyan was appointed Acting Primate of the Ararat diocese–Archimandrite Mikael Achapakhian is Acting Primate of the Shirak diocese and Archimandrite Vazgen Mirzakhanian is Acting Primate of the Aragatsotn diocese. Karekin II also said that in September 2000 the Armenian Apostolic Church will hold its National Ecclesiastical Council at which a new Constitution of the Church–as well as canonization procedures will be approved.

Noting that since the 14th century the Armenian Apostolic Church has not canonized any new saint–despite numerous proposals–Karekin II said that the Church did not have a set canonization procedure. The Catholicos promised that after the new Constitution and canonization procedures are approved–the Church will consider all the proposals.

Speaking of recent political developmen’s in Armenia–His Holiness stressed: "Our people and our government have wisely overcome the danger that emerged after the October 27 events." He noted that he does not see any pretext in the fact that the incident at the National Assembly occurred on the day of the Catholicos elections. Karekin II said that–according to some information–the crime was in fact scheduled for October 13–but was delayed for some reasons. He also denied rumors that he attended a well-known meeting at the defense ministry. His Holiness said that he visited the defense ministry on October 28 and "conveyed concerns and condolences."

His Holiness said that one of the important tasks of the Armenian Apostolic Church is "to keep our people away from alien sects and prevent these sects from unfolding their activities."

"Our main mission is that the Church enters each Armenians home–prayer and Gospel become part of each Armenians life," Catholicos emphasized.

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