ETCHMIADZIN (Noyan Tapan)–After Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian submitted health reasons for resigning as Executive Secretary of the Central Commission of the Armenian Church for the celebration the 1700th Anniversary–Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II signed a Pontifical order effective April 1 relieving Ashjian from his post and appointing His Eminence Hovnan Terterian to replace him–the Press Office of St. Etchmiadzin announced.
Also on the Pontifical order–priest of St. Mary’s Church of Nork-Marash district–Yerevan–Araratian Patriarchal Diocese–Fr. Tatev Abrahamian–is announced to be defrocked since the date of the issue of the order.
The pontifical decision was made taking into consideration that Abrahamian infringed on his oath to serve truly to the Armenian Apostolic Church and conducted in a behavior improper to that of the clergyman and has left his flock.
The defrocked priest is from now on considered to be a lay person and will be called by his baptismal name–Gagik Abrahamian.