Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On October 29th to 31st, 2019, the Central Council of the National General Assembly convened at the Catholicosate, under the presidency of His Holiness Aram I.
Firstly, the Religious Council of the Central Council held its session on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, and discussed the following topics: Christian education, ecumenical relations, youth involvement in church life, Summer Youth Academy, parish priests formation, the Armenian Theological Seminary, the Information and Communication Department, Hask periodical, socio-ethical issues, Bible translation, re-arrangement of the Prayers for the Republic and for the Pontiff, ceremonial matters, relations with Armenian Catholic and Armenian Evangelical churches, His Holiness Aram I’s 25th anniversary as Catholicos, and issues and suggestion from prelacies.
After each report, discussions were held and appropriate decisions were taken. In his remarks, His Holiness specifically underlined that special attention should be given to Christian education programs and social services, because they are the core of the church mission and reality, as well as new incentives should be adopted in spreading Church values. His Holiness also shed light on youth involvement in church life and stated that the initiatives should go beyond organizing conferences, lectures and pilgrimages, but include programs where dialogues with the youth are held. And finally, the Catholicos talked about the parish priest formation and stated that self-assessment is necessary to be able to see the shortcomings and cater to the needs of the faithful.