Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On July 5th, 2018, a meeting between spiritual leaders was held in Bkerke, with the participation of Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Church, Holy See of Cilicia, Patriarch Raï of the Maronite Church, Patriarch Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church, and Patriarch Yonan of the Syriac Catholic Church.
The leaders discussed issues pertaining to the Middle East and prepared for the forthcoming gathering of Christian spiritual Leaders from the Middle East in Bari, Italy, organized by His Holiness Pope Francis
On the evening of July 4th, His Holiness Aram I received Prof. Toufic Baaklini in Bikfaya. Dr. Baaklini is the initiator and the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the movement “In Defense of Christians” in Washington. He invited His Holiness to the USA to participate in a conference dedicated to discussing topics related to religious freedom.