Head of Armenian Church to Visit Istanbul

(AP/Armenpress)–The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church–His Holiness Karekin II–is to begin a weeklong visit to the Armenian community of Istanbul on Tuesday–where he will also meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

During his first Pontifical Visit to Turkey–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s will visit Armenian churches and holy shrines–extend his pontifical blessings to the Armenian community of Istanbul–and meet with Armenian intellectuals and young men and women.

On Sunday–June 25–His Holiness will celebrate a Pontifical Divine Liturgy in the Armenian Patriarchate’s Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God. His Holiness will have a number of ecumenical meetings in the Armenian Patriarchate as well.

Also planned is a meeting between the Pontiff and the Governor of Istanbul.

Turkish nationalist protests during his visit are likely.

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