21 May 2021

A) On Friday, May 21st, 2021, His Holiness Aram I received a letter from His Holiness Pope Francis concerning a plan regarding the current situation in Lebanon.


B) On the passing of Dr. Soritua Nababan, His Holiness Aram I extended his condolences to the family of the deceased and the the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). In his letter, His Holiness expressed his appreciation of the legacy of Dr. Nababan in the ecumenical movement. Dr. Soritua Nababan has served as vice-moderator of the Central and Executive Committees of the WCC between 1991-1998, when His Holiness Aram I was the moderator, and has participated in various ecumenical conferences and assemblies at the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias.  


C) On May 16th, 2021, CCA held a virtual Asian Sunday Service. Deaconess Annie Christy Manvelian from the Armenian Prelacy in Tehran participated in the event. The Prelate Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, member of CCA, addressed the audience highlighting the significance of the event in the region, as well as shed light on the humanitarian services of the region’s churches.


D) Vartkes Mahdessian, Representative of the Armenian community in the Cyprus House of Representatives, informed His Holiness Aram I through a letter about his reelection. His Holiness in turn congratulated Mahdessian, expressed his high appreciation for his service and wished him the best in his endeavor.  


E) The Executive Committee of the Youth Department of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, presided by His Holiness Aram I and chaired by HG Bishop Mesrob Sarkissian, convened. The Committee also consists of V. Rev. Fr. Bedros Manuelian, V. Rev. Fr. Barouyr Shernezian, V. Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian and V. Rev. Fr. Hovagim Panjarjian. The aim of the meeting was to evaluate the proceedings of the latest youth meeting.