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HIS HOLINESS ARAM I IN A MEETING WITH HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS EMPHASIZED THE NEED OF GIVING PRIORITY TO SOCIO-ETHICAL ISSUES

05 April 2018

During their private meeting, Catholicos Aram I and Pope Francis discussed issues facing humanity, threats to the world, and the Christian response. His Holiness Aram I raised the following issues:

 

  1. A common Easter Date. The Catholicos noted that the Churches celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on different dates not because of a theological disagreement, but only because they adopted different liturgical calendars (Gregorian and Julian), and he proposed that the Churches agree on a common date as a sign of Christian Unity.
  2. Currently, all churches are facing internal tensions because of socio-ethical issues. Aram I therefore proposed that Churches focus on finding common responses to the contemporary issues faced by their faithful.
  3. As a Spiritual leader living in the Middle East, His Holiness spoke of the urgency of a common understanding between Christians and Muslims and peaceful coexistence, and he proposed that Christian-Muslim dialogue become a priority topic on the agenda of bilateral theological dialogues.
  4. Sharing his concern for the diminishing number of Christians in the Middle East, Catholicos Aram I spoke of the need for more attention by the Vatican.

 

The current meeting took place in the context of the inauguration of the statue of St Gregory of Nareg, which had been presented to the Pope by President of the Republic of Armenia, Serge Sarkissian, and is to be placed in the garden of the Vatican. Along with His Holiness Aram I, the Pope invited President Sarkissian, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Beatitude Gregory Petros XX Ghabroyan, Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church to witness the inauguration.