YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–currently in England on an official visit–was conferred with the highest honor of the Anglican Church–the Lambert Cross Order. The Order was handed over by Archbishop of Canterbury.
In honor of Karekin I–an evening liturgy was served by Bishop Richard Chatrs at St. Paul’s Church in London. Karekin I had separate meetings with Archbishop Grigoros of the Greek Orthodox Church and Cardinal Bazil Khum of the Catholic Church. During a meeting with the Cardinal–His Holiness spoke of the Karabakh issue.
In an interview with the BBC World Service ,Karekin I spoke of the current situation in Armenia and the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of Christianity’s adoption in that country as a state religion.
Having paid a visit to the Anglican Church and its leader Queen Elizabeth II–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I began his pontifical visit of England’s Diocese Monday.
Karekin I was scheduled to meet with the Armenian youth and deliver several speeches at community gatherings and events. His Holiness will also visit the Armenian community of Manchester. On Sunday–Karekin I will celebrate a divine liturgy at St.Peters Church of London.
Immediately upon arrival in London–His Holiness Karekin I met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London. That was viewed as an event of historic importance. During his meeting His Holiness spoke in detail about the current situation in Armenia–as well as the activities of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Armenia and abroad. A thanksgiving prayer was celebrated by the Heads of Armenian and Anglican Churches at Westminster Abbey later on Wednesday.
Archbishop Curry of Canterbury–in a meeting with the Catholicos–expressed his gratitude to the Catholicosate’s efforts in strengthening ties between the two religious institutions.