Conference Dedicated to Cilician Culture to Be Held in Antelias

The Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Mashdots Madenataran of Armenia will organize an international conference called "The Culture of Cilicia," which is to be held in Antelias–Lebanon in January 2007.

The deputy director of the Mashdots Madenataran of Armenia is currently visiting the Catholicosate of Cilicia. Arshag Panoutchian arrived almost a week ago in Antelias to carry out philological research in Antelias and to pave the way for cooperation between the Madenataran and the Catholicosate of Cilicia.

Arshag Panoutchian and His Holiness Aram I discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the Catholicosate and the Madenataran through various initiatives particularly in the field of culture and Armenology. Panoutchian praised the cultural activities organized by the Catholicosate and especially the publication of new books by the collective efforts of the Catholicosate and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

His Holiness hailed the readiness of the Mashdots Madenataran to cooperate with the Catholicosate of Cilicia. "The Mashdots Madenataran of Yerevan is not only Armenia’s Madenataran–but that of the entire nation. The entire nation therefore has obligations in the efforts for the betterment of the Madenataran–the expansion of its work and its economic viability. The Mashdots Madenataran is a symbol for the Armenian nation’s cultural identity–richness–and greatness. Our Holy Seat is always ready to actively participate in all the initiatives aimed at its better organization," said His Holiness.

As proposed by His Holiness Aram I–an international conference titled "The Culture of Cilicia" will be organized collectively by the Catholicosate and the Madenataran in Antelias in January 2007. Experts from Armenia and the diaspora–as well as foreign experts will be invited to participate in the conference. A special committee will be formed in the future to follow up on the efforts for organizing the conference.

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