ANTELIAS–During an evening reception on Saturday–October 2–held in honor of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–Sweden’s Primate–Archbishop Karl Hammer of Uppsala–bestowed His Holiness with the highest honor of the Swedish Church. "Only three individuals have received this honor–you are now the fourth," noted Archbishop Hammer. "We decided to extend this medal as a token of appreciation for your leading role in advancing interfaith cooperation during these fateful times."
After thanking the Archbishop and the Swedish Church–the Catholicos spoke about the Armenian people and highlighted their will to overcome the various difficulties that resulted from the genocide of 1915–and the church’s role in assisting the survivors. His Holiness then moved on to address the international efforts in promoting cooperation amongst churches–and commend the role played by the Swedish Church within the ecumenical movement.
A guest of the Lutheran Church of Sweden–His Holiness–who arrived in Sweden on the morning of Thursday–October 5–met with a host of international organization representatives–participated in the Swedish ecumenical meetings–lectured at universities in Uppsala and Helsinki–and delivered a Sunday sermon at the Cathedral of Uppsala.