Armenian Catholicosates Discuss Imperatives for Renewal of Armenian Church

ETCHMIADZIN (Armenpress)–Under the auspices of Catholicos of All Armenia’s His Holiness Karekin II and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia His Holiness Aram I–a meeting of delegations of the Catholicosate of All Armenia’s and the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia took place on March 4-5 in Etchmiadzin with the goal of further strengthening internal solidarity and preparation of a draft agenda with the theme–"The Imperative for the Renewal of the Armenian Church."

On March 4–His Holiness Karekin II received the two delegations in the Mother See–gave his Pontifical blessing to the members of the delegations–and spoke of his and Catholicos Aram I’s expectations of the meeting. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan conveyed the warm greetings of His Holiness Aram I.

The meeting commenced after the Lord’s Prayer–the result of which was the preparation of the draft agenda. Consisting of nine agenda items–it included the primary spheres of the identity–life–and witness of the Armenian Church: the canonical condition of the Armenian Church–ecclesiological–administrative–and canonical definement–Christian and Armenian education–evangelical mission and preservation of spiritual and cultural values–liturgical and ritual life–preparation of clergy and reactivation of monastic life–ecumenical and inter-religious relations–positions on modern social and moral issues–relations between Church and State–relations between Church and Social Institutions–pursuit of the rights of the Armenian people–and the use of modern technologies.

The draft agenda will be presented to His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I for their consideration and petitioning them for the commission’s work to proceed.


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