President Sargsyan says canonization of Armenian Genocide victims deserves special attention of bishops’ synod
YEREVAN, September 25. / ARKA /. Addressing a meeting of the Bishops’ Synod of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church presided over by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, President Serzh Sargsyan said one of the issues under discussion deserves special attention: it pertains to the important initiative of canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
“On the eve of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, our entire nations continue to say “No” to the crimes against humanity. It is our duty to our forefathers, to our innocent victims and to the entire human kind so that new genocides may be prevented in the future. With this regard, the anticipation of our entire nation from the Armenian Church and its Bishops is great,’ he was quoted as saying by his press service.
“For centuries, due to different circumstances, and particularly in the last six centuries, it was not possible to invite a bishops’ synod of the Armenian Church. I am glad to state that currently it has become possible to overcome that problem and to convene the Bishops’ Synod at the Holy See of Saint Etchmidzin, on our native land. This event is a major signal to our devotees and is called upon to prove the Mother Church’s dedication to the mission of uniting the world-spread Armenian nation. I am confident that this conclave will manifest new process in the Armenian spiritual life and will allow the entire Armenian nation to take upon the realization of all-Armenian issues with new vigor and energy,’ he said. -0-