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Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Injured in Automobile Accident


Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services

Address: Vagharshapat, Republic of Armenia

Contact: Dn. Armen Devejian

Tel: (374 1) 517 163

Fax: (374 1) 517 301

E-Mail: DnArmen@etchmiadzin.am

February 2, 2004

Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Injured in Automobile Accident

According to news received today in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,
His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob Mutafian, Armenian Patriarch of
Constantinople, was injured in an automobile accident. His Beatitude and
his delegation were traveling on a pilgrimage to Antalia. As a result of
the accident, Abp. Mesrob’s leg and nose were broken, and suffered
numerous other minor injuries. He was immediately transported to a

On February 2, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos
of All Armenians, spoke by telephone with the Vicar of the Patriarchate,
His Eminence Archbishop Shahan Svajian, and learned of the details
surrounding the incident and the condition of the health of the
Patriarch. His Holiness requested that Abp. Shahan convey his wishes for
a quick and complete recovery to His Beatitude.

The cause of the accident was attributed to a failure of the automobile’s
brakes. Also slightly injured in the accident were Rev. Fr. Sahak
Mashalian of the Patriarchate, and ten others who were accompanying the
Patriarch. The Patriarchate is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

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