His Holiness Karekin II Begins Pontifical Visit to California

LOS ANGELES–His Holiness Karekin II–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–arrived in California on June 1. Greeting the Catholicos on his arrival were His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian–Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America; His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian–Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America; His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian–His Eminence Archbishop Arsen Berberyan–His Eminence Archbishop Nerses Bozabalyan–several Diocesan clergy–Consul General of Armenia Gagik Kirakosian–as well as members of the Diocesan Council–and Armenian organizations.

The Primate greeted and officially welcomed the Catholicos on behalf of the Western Diocese–referring to the Pontifical visit of His Holiness and a "Renaissance of Faith" for the entire Armenian community.

In turn–His Holiness expressed his happiness on the Occasion of his Pontifical visit to the Western Diocese–which houses substantial Armenian communities particularly in California and Los Angeles. His Holiness conveyed his appreciation of the extensive efforts put forth by the Pontifical Visit Committee in preparation of his visit. He expressed his eagerness to meet the faithful of the Western Diocese in the various events which have been planned for the three upcoming weeks–and to extend to them his blessings form the other See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The Diocese of the Armenian Church was established on July 2, 1898 by His Holiness Mgrdich Khrimian–Catholicos of All Armenia’s. Taking into consideration the distance between California and the East Coast–the center of the Diocese–His Holiness Kevork V–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–established the Western Diocese on Nov. 28–1927. Bishop Karekin Khachadourian became the first Primate. Although the Diocese was first centered in Fresno–the headquarters moved to Los Angeles in 1957 due to the growing Armenian community in Southern California.

Following the warm welcome at the airport–Catholicos Karekin II and his entourage were escorted by the Primate and the greeting committee to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena–where a host of faithful had gathered awaiting the arrival of their Supreme spiritual leader.

The faithful in attendance greeted the Catholicos with warm applause. The Primate–once again–conveyed his warm greetings to the Pontiff and invited him

to bless the attendees. His Holiness extended his Pontifical blessings from

the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the faithful.

His Holiness gave an exclusive interview to Horizon TV on Friday morning.

REVISED Schedule

Transportation of Parishioners Pontifical Divine Liturgy on Sunday–June 5–2005

St. John Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church
1201 North Vine Street
Hollywood–CA 90038
323-465-9008
2:00 p.m.

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church
4950 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles–CA 9056
323-295-4588
1:30 p.m.

Burbank Armenian Apostolic Church
3325 North Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank–CA 91504
818-558-7474
1:30 p.m.

St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church
700 South La Verne Avenue
Los Angeles–CA 90022
323-269-0907
2:00 p.m.

St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church
1434 West Kenneth Road
Glendale–CA 91201
818-243-7808
2:00 p.m.

St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
2215 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena–CA 91107
626-449-1523
1:30 p.m.

St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church
17231 Sherman Way
Van Nuys–CA 91406
818-344-4860
1:00 p.m.

St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church
148 East 22nd Street
Costa Mesa–CA 92627
949-650-8367
2:00 p.m.

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