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Armenian Apostolic Church the Bishops Conference Declaration

15 November 2014

We praise the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for having enabled us to meet at the Holy Etchmiadzin on threshold of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, under the guidance of the Catholicoi Karekin II and Aram I to discuss issues related to our Church and the people.

 

We remember prayerfully our victims of the Genocide and are confidant that by making them Saints we will also renew our people spiritually. We recommend that our people actively participate in all the events honoring their memory.

 

We invite the world Christianity to join our people in their 100th anniversary prayers and commemorations beseeching for God’s justice and peace among people, asking the Almighty to help humanity overcome conflicts and face the new challenges.

 

We call upon the international community to recognize and condemn the first Genocide of the 20th century committed by the Ottoman Turkey. We also call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and recognize our people’s snatched just rights.

 

We pray the Almighty for the new victims whose helicopter was gunned down as they protected the boarders of their homeland Armenia and Karabagh. The Conference condemns this act by the Azerbaijani forces and considers it irresponsible and dangerous aggression.

 

We express our concern for the conflicts in the Middle East, specially Syria Iraq and the Ukraine. We pray for our Armenian communities and all peace loving people who are victims of those conflicts and that peace may soon prevail.

 

We place our hope in Jesus Christ our Lord and as we remember the innocent victims of the Genocide. We recommit ourselves to continue serving the Armenian Church, promoting the internal unity of our people and strengthening our homeland and the diaspora.