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]
Web: http://www.cathcil.org/

PO Box 70 317
Antelias-Lebanon

Armenian version: http://www.cathcil.org/v04/doc/Armenian.htm

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I WORKS ON SECURING HUMANITARIAN AID TO LEBANON
THROUGH ECUMENICAL CONNECTIONS

Gerges Saleh, the general secretary of the Middle East Council of
Churches (MECC), Dr. Samuel Kobia, the general secretary of the World
Council of Churches (WCC) as directors of ecumenical aid organizations
established contact with His Holiness Aram I during the last few days
for consultations on providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon.

The Pontiff advised to organize immediate arrangements for humanitarian
aid through special committees. He considered, however, that the
establishment of a ceasefire and security in Lebanon should be given
priority over humanitarian aid.

The Armenian Catholicos received over the last few days calls of
support through telephones and email from His Holiness Karekin II,
Catholicos of All Armenians, Archbishop Mesrob Moutafian, the Patriarch
of Constantinople, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the president of
the Protestant Federation of France and other spiritual leaders.

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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates
of the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the
history and mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer
to the web page of the Catholicosate, http://www.cathcil.org/ The
Cilician Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is
located in Antelias, Lebanon.