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    Turkish organization wants to disturb baptism ceremony to be held in
    St. Cross Church of Akhtamar

    http://armenpress.am/eng/news/732079/turkish-organization-wants-to-disturb-baptism-ceremony-to-be-held-in-st-cross-church-of-akhtamar.html
    14:51, 7 September, 2013

    YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS. Turkish "ASIMTER" anti-Armenian
    organization wants to disturb baptism ceremony, which is scheduled to
    be held on September 8 in the Armenian Saint Cross Church on the
    Akhtamar Island of Van. As reports "Armenpress", Turkey-based
    "Marmara" Armenian periodical stated this.

    Among other things the periodical noted that the members of the
    aforesaid organization plan to march to the Armenian Saint Cross
    Church on the Akhtamar Island of Van. In addition the periodical
    highlighted: "'ASIMTER' is an abbreviation of the words, which can be
    translated as "Struggle against baseless Armenian claims". From time
    to time the organization puts forward strange demands, notwithstanding
    the last statement surpassed all the previous announcements. "ASIMTER"
    claimed that the Church in Akhtamar belonged to the Christian Turks
    and not the Armenians. Their claim is based upon the sculpture of a
    horseman in the aforesaid church, which releases an arrow from a
    bow. The members of the organization claim that only the Turks could
    shoot an arrow in that fashion."

    The preparatory activities advancing the Divine Liturgy, which is
    scheduled to be held on September 8 in the Armenian Saint Cross Church
    on the Akhtamar Island of Van, come to end. The workers of the city
    hall of Geva√?¬? district of Van Province cleaned the
    territory of the island and prepared the ships which will bring the
    pilgrims to the Akhtamar Island. As reports "Armenpress" citing
    Turkish Demokrathaber.net, a huge tent has been located in front of
    the church to protect the visitors from the sun.

    4 years after the reopening of the Armenian Saint Cross Church on the
    Akhtamar Island of Van, the first baptism ceremony will be held at
    the Church. It will be carried out on September 8.

    The Armenian Saint Cross Church on the Akhtamar Island was renovated
    and opened for the visitors as a museum in 2007. The Armenian
    Patriarchate of Constantinople applied to the Turkish Government to
    permit holding a liturgy at the Armenian Church once a year. The
    Turkish Government announced permission for a liturgy to be said on
    September 19, 2010 and the service took place as planned. On
    September 30 2010 a cross was placed on the top of the Church,
    anointed by the leader of the spiritual council of the Armenian
    Patriarchate of Constantinople Archimandrite Tatul Anushyan.




    From: A. Papazian
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