ECHMIADZIN — On June 25-30 under the presidency of Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a Supreme Spiritual Council (SSC) meeting was held in the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.
The co-chairman for the meeting were Archbishop Parkev Martirosyan, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh; Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and Bishop Haigazun Najarian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
Issues related to ecumenical relations, intra-church life and ecclesiastical councilor structures were discussed during the meeting.
During the meeting, they reflected on the Pope’s visit to Armenia. The catholicos expressed his satisfaction in the process, that in 2014, Pope Francis was invited to Armenia, and confirmed his visit through a letter in 2015, and finally made a fraternal visit to the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin from June 24 to 26, which was held in a warm spiritual atmosphere. Bishop Arshak Khachatryan, Chancellor of Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, presented a report on the visit.
The SSC members noted that the three-day visit of the Pope to Armenia was the best confirmation of the existing fraternal relations and cooperation between the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches. The members of the Supreme Spiritual Council also expressed their appreciation to the Visit Organizing Committee and all those who participated in the organizational activities.
During the meeting, the SSC members were made aware of a request from Archbishop Nurhan Manookian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, asking for the participation of the Armenian Church in the renovation of the Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Stressing the importance of Jerusalem in the nation’s life and the responsibility of the Armenian Church for the preservation of sacred places, the Supreme Spiritual Council, under the presidency of the Catholicos of All Armenians, committed to support the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and secure the necessary amounts with the Dioceses around the world.