BUCHAREST, Romania—On August 18, 2013, the President of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (ANC of Europe), Kaspar Karampetian, visited the monastery of Hagigadar in the city of Suceava in Romania.
The Hagigadar monastery was built in 1512 and is considered miraculous by both Armenians and Romanians. Every year hundreds of believers gather at the monastery for pilgrimage.
A religious ceremony was performed by Prelate Bishop Datev Muradian. During the ceremony, Romanian Minister of Economy Varoujan Vosganian, member of the Romanian Parliament Varoujan Pambuccian, and other representatives from the Armenian Community were present.
During his visit to the two-day seminar in the city of Suceava, EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian talked about the activities and actions of his organization and the Armenian Cause.
In the city of Bucharest, Karampetian met with the Prelate Bishop and with the Romanian Minister of Economy and President of the Armenian Community in Romania, Varoujan Vosganian. They discussed the current status and potential of the Armenian Community, and the possibilities of a more active pursuit of the Armenian Cause.
Karampetian said, “The Armenian Community of Romania is one of the oldest and historical communities. Over the centuries, the Armenian Community of Romania has managed to maintain its national identity and values and today has its own State Minister and Members in the Romanian Parliament.
“It is worthy to mention that the Government of Romania cares about our community and preserves Armenian religious and cultural heritage. The Romanian Government also provides our community with significant amounts of funding in order to achieve community projects.
“We express our readiness to assist the Community in an active pursuit of the Armenian Cause and we are satisfied that both religious and secular leadership are willing to support this patriotic initiative”.