Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
24 December 2015. On Thursday morning, Catholicos Aram I, accompanied by the members of the brotherhood, arrived at the Azounieh hospital in Chouf, Lebanon. The director and medical staff welcomed His Holiness and the clergy, and held a private meeting with the Catholicos. After hearing a report on the institution, its activities and future plans, the Catholicos thanked them for their commitment to the sick and the elderly of the community.
The Catholicos then joined the residents and the clergy, who presented a programme of hymns and traditional songs to the residents and the staff. The Catholicos then talked with the residents, gave them his blessing and distributed gifts. He also visited the very sick and the disabled who could not leave their beds; he talked and prayed with them, and the clergy gave them the Holy Communion.
The Azounieh hospital is also a reminder of Jacob Künzler, who, after the Genocide, brought orphans to Ghazir in 1922, established the orphanage and later moved to Azounieh Sanatorium to take care of the survivors who suffered from tuberculosis.