PRESS RELEASE
Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
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Antelias-Lebanon

Armenian version: http://www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org/v04/doc/Arme nian.htm

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I RECEIVES THE DIRECTOR OF WCC PROGRAMME
ON INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION

On February 27, His Holiness Aram I received the Director of the World
Council of Churches' (WCC) programme on Inter-religious dialogue and
cooperation, Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, and Dr. Rima Barsoum who is in charge
of Christian-Muslim dialogue in the same department. The Catholicosate of
Cilicia's Ecumenical Officer, Bishop Nareg Alemezian also attended the
meeting.

This important WCC department is dedicated to enhancing dialogue between
religions and is one of the major areas of the Council's activities. Dr.
Premawardhana informed the Catholicos about the department's activities and
future plans. His Holiness emphasized the vital importance of
inter-religious dialogue in a world where religions are living together as
neighbors. His Holiness stressed the need for the WCC to give a priority
attention within its programmatic framework to all issues and concerns which
are related to the area of inter-religious dialogue.

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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the Ecumenical
activities of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, http://www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org The Cilician
Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in
Antelias, Lebanon.