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March 6, 2004

His Holiness Karekin II Visits Armenian Churches in Moscow

On March 3, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Yezras Nersissan, Primate of the
Armenian Diocese of New Nakhijevan and Russia, and Mr. Armen Smbatian,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to
the Russian Federation, visited the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection
in Moscow.

His Holiness offered a prayer, asking that the Almighty always protect and
keep the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church and the Russian Orthodox Church
secure and strong, to carry out their mission in the lives of their

Following the prayer, His Holiness extended words of appreciation to the
Diocesan Primate, the diocesan clergy and the faithful in attendance, for
their zeal in maintaining their national identity and faith. “Come to this
church, which for many centuries has rallied the people, and educated them
with spiritual and national values. It is here that our faithful have
gained strength, recognized their identity, have known and worshiped God,
and made their vow to always remain devoted and faithful to Christ.” said
His Holiness. He further expressed his desire that all Armenians living in
Russia would remain steadfast in their love towards their Mother Church.
His Holiness exhorted the faithful flock to continue to live according to
God’s commandments, so that each of their lives should be a good and
triumphant life in faith.

The same afternoon, the Pontiff of All Armenians visited the Armenian Church
of the Holy Cross, which is presently under construction in the center of
Moscow. His Holiness toured the construction site and reviewed the progress
being made.

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