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    Aram I to visit Armenia
    15:20, 21 September, 2013

    YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 21, ARMENPRESS: His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos
    of Cilicia will visit Armenia on September 23. As Armenpress was
    reported by the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, the visit aims at
    participation at the meeting to be held on September 24 at the Holy
    See of Mother Etchmiadzin.

    Born in 1947, in Beirut, Lebanon, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I
    studied at the Armenian Theological Seminary, Antelias, Lebanon and
    the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland. He received
    his M.Div. from the Near East School of Theology, his S.T.M. jointly
    from the American University of Beirut and Near East School of
    Theology, and his PhD from Fordham University in New York. He also
    holds several honorary degrees. His major areas of specialization are
    philosophy, systematic theology, and Near Eastern church history.

    Catholicos Aram I was ordained as a celibate priest in 1968 and
    obtained the title of Vartabed (Doctor of the Armenian Church) in
    1970. In 1979, after serving for one year as Locum Tenens, he was
    elected Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Community in Lebanon; the
    next year he received Episcopal ordination. In June 1995, His Holiness
    was elected Catholicos (the Head of the Church) by the Electoral
    Assembly of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia (35 clergy and 115
    lay representatives), and was consecrated one week later.

    Called to serve as Primate of the Armenian Community of Lebanon during
    the Lebanese Civil War, His Holiness reorganized parishes and schools,
    restructured and reactivated church-related institutions, and renewed
    community leadership.

    For many years His Holiness Catholicos Aram I has regularly lectured
    on Armenological, theological, and ecumenical subjects at the Armenian
    Seminary and Haigazian University in Beirut. He has also given
    numerous public lectures in various universities, academic and
    cultural centers, and at public events and international gatherings.

    His Holiness was appointed in 1972 as the Catholicosate's
    representative for ecumenical relations and he served in this position
    until 1995. His Holiness has played a major role in the world-wide
    ecumenical movement.

    As a strong supporter of inter-religious relations, dialogue and
    co-operation, His Holiness Aram I has played a significant part in
    promoting common values, mutual understanding and peaceful
    co-existence among religions.