Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
23 August 2017. His Holiness Aram I visited the Summer Bible Camp for Youth, which was held in the village of Anjar, 21-27 August. This new initiative was organized by the Christian Education Department of the Armenian Orthodox Church of the Holy See of Cilicia. Upon his arrival, His Holiness was received by the youth and welcomed by the Head of the Department, Bishop Meghrig Parikian, who thanked the Catholicos for encouraging the establishment of the camp. In his address, His Holiness described the retreat as a process of immersion into the rich spiritual tradition of the Armenian Church. He thanked the Mayor of Anjar, the parents, the volunteers, as well as the members of the Armenian Relief Cross for offering the use of their campsite. After reciting psalms and singing hymns they had learned at the camp, the youth planted eight trees, the first seven to honor the seven deceased Catholicoi of the Holy See of Cilicia since the Genocide, and the eighth to thank His Holiness Aram I for his pastoral care and spiritual leadership in the Armenian Diaspora.