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    Islam, Christianity Have Common View on Martyrdom: Archbishop

    Mehr News Agency, Iran
    May 29 2004

    TEHRAN, May 29 (MNA) -- Sebu Sarkissian, Armenian prelacy archbishop
    in Tehran said on Friday that according to Christianity, martyrs and
    martyrdom are to be defined based on the Bible; they are here to be
    witnesses for God.

    Speaking at the first commemorative ceremony of Armenian ground forces
    martyrs, Sebu Sarkissian stated that the martyr is also a witness for
    his country and is devoted for the sake of it, adding such a person
    will reach eternity.

    The archbishop offered as evidence the Apostles and the Fathers of
    churches who preached their faith.

    Islam and Christianity have the same view on martyrdom, believing
    faith and homeland are the most sacred objects, Sarkissian told the
    Mehr News Agency, stressing that martyrdom is working and dedicating
    oneself to these high objectives.

    He went on to say that in Iran, religious minorities are free to
    observe their religious ceremonies and live without any conflict with
    Iranian clerics, adding this is always the first question asked by
    foreign reporters who come to Iran.

    "Iranians and Armenians live together, having the same objectives
    and problems. We try hard to solve the problems of the country",
    Sarkissian said in conclusion.