The funeral service for the late Armenian Patriarch in Turkey Mesrob Mutafyan will be held on March 17 at the time of Sunday service (10 a.m.) at the St. Mary Armenian Church in Istanbul’s Kumkapı neighborhood in Fatih district.
His coffin will rest on a catafalque between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 14 and March 15 at the St. Mary Church for mourning visitors to pay him their respects.
Many church officials from Armenia, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Vatican and Turkey’s churches, along with representatives of diplomatic missions, are expected to attend the funeralceremony commemorating the archbishop.
He had been incapacitated since 2008 with an early onset of dementia.
Mutafyan was born in Istanbul in 1956. He was ordained in 1979 following studies in Germany and the United States. He was elected a patriarch in 1998, replacing the late Karekin II.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other Turkish officials called Ateşyan to offer their condolences.
Preparations for the election of a new patriarch for Turkey are expected to begin after a 40-day mourning period.