Pontifical Encyclical Discusses Sainthood for Genocide Martyrs



ECHMIADZIN, Armenia — On December 28, the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II issued an encyclical pertaining to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, which was sent to all the churches of the Church of Armenia, and read at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

The encyclical stated that on April 23, 2015, the Church of Armenia through a special service would canonize as saints its members who were martyred during the Armenian Genocide and proclaim April 24 a day of remembrance for the martyred saints of the Armenian Genocide.

The encyclical exhorted Armenians as follows: “Let us transform the evocation of the memory of our martyrs into force and power for our spiritual, national and native life, and let us through just behavior before God and men illuminate our path toward the haven of the realization of our rights, of our sacred desires.”

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