Catholicosate of Cilicia
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His Holiness Aram I receives the General Secretary of the Middle East
Council of churches (MECC)

Antelias - On Sunday 29 June 2014 MECC General Secretary, Dr Michel Jalkh,
met with his Holiness Aram I in his office. As one of the Presidents of the
Council, the Catholicos was briefed by Dr Jalkh on the activities of the
MECC and on the recent ecumenical meeting with partners held in Amman

Following discussion, Catholicos Aram I proposed the following three
urgent steps to help member churches in the region: To organize a meeting of
the Executive Committee of the MECC, to prepare a plan of action to help
Christian refugees and channel humanitarian assistance through the church
institutions, and to hold a meeting of the religious heads of Middle East

The Middle East Council of Churches is the only ecumenical body in the
region and brings together four church families: The Eastern Orthodox
(Chalcedonian) churches, The Oriental Orthodox (non Chalcedonian churches),
the Catholics and the Protestants.

Representatives of the Catholicosate of Cilicia will attend the meetings
of the Governing Bodies of the World Council of Churches (WCC)

Antelias - The Central Committee of the WCC will meet in Geneva 2-8 July
2014. This is the first meeting of the Committee that was elected during the
10th Assembly in Busan South Korea in 2013. It will adopt the post-Assembly
vision statement and set priorities for the next seven years. The Executive
Committee will meet on 9 July, following the meeting of the Central

The Catholicosate of Cilicia will be represented on the governing bodies
of the Council by Archbishop Nareg Alemezian and Ms Teny Simonian.

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From: Baghdasarian