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    Press Release
    Catholicosate of Cilicia
    Communication and Information Department
    Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
    Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
    Fax: (04) 419724
    E-mail: [email protected]

    PO Box 70 317

    Armenian version:



    The Catholicosate of Cilicia recently published new textbooks in religion
    and the history of the Armenian Church, fulfilling the long standing need of
    Armenian schools in this respect.

    The need for modern and contemporary religion textbooks has always been an
    important issue on the agenda of the Religious Council. An initiative for
    special courses in the history of the Armenian Church for more senior
    students has also featured with high importance during the Council's

    As such, the Christian Education Department of the Catholicosate of Cilicia
    worked on publishing these textbooks under the high sponsorship of His
    Holiness Aram I.

    The first two volumes of modern religion textbooks for Armenian schools have
    already been published. Prepared specially for the students of fifth and
    sixth classes, these textbooks include pictures, activities, exercises and
    detailed explanations on the Armenian Church's traditions.

    Although these books are considered for the students of the fifth and sixth
    classes, they can be used for students of lower or higher classes according
    to the corresponding literacy in Armenian language in the schools of various

    Each pair of textbooks also has a teacher's guidebook, which explains the
    teacher's room in the classroom and the lively method by which these topics
    should be taught. The textbooks of the seventh and eighth classes and their
    teacher's guidebooks are also in the course of preparation and will be
    published soon in the Antelias headquarters of the Catholicosate of Cilicia.

    A brief record of the history of the Armenian Church, its rites and rituals,
    its traditions and its differences in principle and ritual from other
    churches, has been prepared by the late Ms. Manoushag Boyadjian, with the
    aim of introducing the senior students of Armenian Schools to the history of
    their church.

    This volume is published today following the decision of the Armenian
    Pontiff and with the funding of the Department of Armenian Affairs of the
    Gulbenkian Foundation, both as an appreciation of Ms. Boyadjian's dedication
    to the Holy See of Cilicia and as a fulfillment of the need for such
    textbooks in Armenian schools.

    In addition to these projects, a special Bible for teenagers is underway in
    cooperation with the Bible Society. The Bible will be published soon,
    filling yet another need in the Christian education of the new Armenian
    generation. A special Bible for kindergarten students is also being prepared
    to encourage the students of Sunday schools.

    The Catholicosate's Christian Education Department has formed a special
    committee to embark on publishing, educational and musical activities to
    achieve the projects of Sunday Schools and their corresponding bodies.

    View the book covers here: es88.htm
    The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
    the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the
    jurisdiction and the Christian Education activities in both the
    Catholicosate and the dioceses, you may refer to the web page of the
    Catholicosate, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
    administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.