Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
26 March 2014. Yesterday evening, His Holiness Aram I received His Holiness Pope Tawadros II who was accompanied by a delegation of Bishops and laity. Catholicos Aram I and the clergy accompanied the delegation to the Cathedral for Canonical prayers. After prayers they met at the Main Hall of the Residence of the Catholicos where His Holiness Aram I welcomed the guests, spoke of the close relations between the two Churches and the centuries-long unity in their faith that has held them together. He then stated that today, those old links should be translated into strong cooperation at all levels of the life of their people. He then spoke of the current difficulties of the Coptic Christians in Egypt and emphasized the strong need to strengthen Christian unity in the region.
Patriarch Tawadros II expressed his dearest hope that they continue the close and warm cooperation that existed between Pope Shenoda III and His Holiness Aram I. He then said that he is committed to strengthening further the relationship between the two churches.
The visit ended with a reception and a private conversation between Pope Tawadros II and Catholicos Aram I.