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Lraper: Aftermath of Tragedy

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2001 (Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, NEW YORK CITY)–Telephone calls expressing concern, condolence and support have been reaching the Manhattan headquarters of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s catastrophe at the World Trade Center. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Diocesan Primate, has spoken with His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Constantinople Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan; primates from the world’s Armenian Church dioceses; and other dignitaries from Armenia and world.

Despite sporadic, disaster-related difficulties in accessing phone and e-mail lines, the Diocese has begun establishing a contact network of Armenian Americans who live and work in the stricken Wall Street area, in an attempt to identify, reach out and provide pastoral ministry to our brothers and sisters who experienced Tuesday’s disaster. A substantial number of Armenian Americans are known to have worked in the World Trade Center and its vicinity; as of this writing, the Diocesan Center has not been informed of any casualties among them. We pray for God’s continued mercy, towards our fellow Armenians, and towards our brethren of every background.

Tomorrow, Archbishop Barsamian will send out a formal directive, asking every parish in the Eastern Diocese to hold a special service on Sunday, September 16, to pray for the victims and survivors of the tragedy, for their families, for the continued strength and resolve of the United States of America, and for peace throughout the world.

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