Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
Within the scope of his official visit to the Vatican, His Holiness met with Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Parolini. They discussed issue related to the Middle East as well as major concerns and challenges facing the Christian communities. The Armenian Genocide was also discussed and His Holiness appreciated the support of the Vatican.
On the other hand, Cardinal Parolini expressed his concerns regarding the actual situation of Christians in the Middle East. He also reminded that the Vatican continues its support of the Armenian cause.
Afterwards, His Holiness met with the President of the Eastern Catholic Churches Department Cardinal Sandrini. The issue of Middle East was brought up and they stressed on the importance of collaboration between the churches.