ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia–His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, began an official visit to Addis Ababa Wednesday upon the invitation of the Spiritual Leader of the Ethiopian Church, Patriarch Paulos. The two spiritual leaders signed a declaration urging the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
During his visit to the country, the Catholicos also met with Ethiopian President President Girma Woldegiorgis and other government officials.
In addition to visiting the Ethiopian Church, the visit aims at reconciling the differences between the Ethiopian and the Coptic Churches, a task to which the Armenian Catholicos has been dedicated during the last few years.
Accompanied by his Ethiopian counterpart Aram I will then visit Cairo, Egypt, where a meeting with the Spiritual Leader of the Coptic Church, Patriarch Shnouda III is scheduled.
Bishop Nareg Alemezian (Ecumenical Officer), V. Rev. Krikor Chiftjian (Communications Officer) and Armenian philanthropist Gabriel Chemberdjian accompanied the Pontiff on his trip.