Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
22 August 2015. On Saturday morning the Patriarch visited his Holiness Aram I at St. Mary’s Monastery in Bikfaya. The two spiritual leaders discussed the situation in the Middle East, the plight of Christian communities in the region and issues related to the Middle East Council of Churches.
The Patriarch also informed His Holiness of the destruction of the historical monastery by ISIS in Syria. Aram I condemned the act and spoke of the urgency of Muslim-Christian dialogue. He said that Muslim spiritual and religious leaders have a key role to play in promoting this dialogue. Before leaving St. Mary’s Monastery, Patriarch Younan visited the compound dedicated to the Martyrs and expressed his solidarity with Armenians on the occasion of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Genocide.