15:53, 29 January, 2013

YEREVAN, JANUARY 29, ARMENPRESS. On January 29 the Supreme Patriarch
and Catholicos of All Armenians His Holiness Karekin II conveyed his
blessing and congratulations to the newly elected Armenian Patriarch of
Jerusalem Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian on the occasion of his election.

In his congratulatory address Karekin II states: "Praise be to God,
that the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem efficiently carries out
its most holy mission in the Holy Land and now it will experience
new blossom due to the activity of such a brave patriarch, like you."

The Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian has been elected the Armenian Patriarch
of Jerusalem. Solely celibate members of the convent could participate
in the patriarchal elections. The patriarchal election was held in
two stages. Five candidates were chosen in the first stage of the
elections by secret polling. In accordance with the Statute of the
Jerusalem Convent (1882) 35 year old archimandrites and bishops can
become patriarchal candidates. The patriarchal throne remained vacant
since the after long illness at the age of 93 Armenian Patriarch of
Jerusalem Rev. Archbishop Torkom Manoukyan passed away.

From: A. Papazian