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Holy Etchmiadzin Hosts Conference on Syria

Published on Jun 13, 2014 by Communications Department
Holy Etchmiadzin and the World Council of Churches have organized a two-day conference titled “Crisis in Syria: Challenges for Faith Communities.” The conference opened on Wednesday, June 11 at the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Library on the grounds of the Holy See. 

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, is presiding. Participants include Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches; Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan; representatives of the Syrian community in Armenia; as well as clergy representing churches in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, Russia, Europe, and the United States.

Conference sessions focused on “Political Developments in Syria and the Humanitarian Perspective,” “Presence and Testimony of Christians in the Nearest East as a Consequence of the Developments in the Arab World,” and “The Armenian Communities in the Nearest East and Syria: Their Perspectives.”
Yesterday, the participants visited the Dzidzernagapert memorial in Yerevan, where a requiem service was held for the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. His Holiness Karekin II also led a prayer for peace in Syria at St. Gayane Church in Vagharshapat.

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