His Holiness Karekin II Meets with Governor Schwarzenegger

SACRAMENTO–Senator Chuck Poochigian welcomed His Holiness Karekin II–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–to California’s State Capitol on Wednesday–where he met privately with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a number of lawmakers at a reception in his honor.

The Governor and His Holiness spoke about the history of the Armenian Church and people–the effects of Soviet rule on Armenia–and the condition of the republic following the devastating earthquake–and collapse of communism. They also discussed the spiritual growth of the people of Armenia and importance of the church in the lives Armenia’s. His Holiness expressed gratitude to the Governor for signing of SB 424–introduced by Sen. Poochigian–that permanently designates the week of April 24 California’s week of remembrance of the Armenian genocide.

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