30.03.2006 17:15

YEREVAN (YERKIR) - Armenian President Robert Kocharian is nominated
for the prize of the International Fund of Unity of Orthodox Peoples
in 2006. "The Armenian Church is concerned with Orthodox Russians be
spiritually fed.

In this respect the support by the Armenian President and city
administration is available," Moscow and All Russia Patriarch Alexy
II stated at the annual meeting of founders of the Fund in Moscow.

He also remarked that today Russia has the largest Armenian community,
which numbers over 2.5 million. Gazprom Public Corporation is also
nominated for "restoration of many ruinous sacred objects," the
religious leader said.

Archbishop Sawa, Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland, will also
be awarded the prize. "The Orthodox Church of Poland is not large,
however it is active. The political leadership was changed. I believe
the life conditions of Orthodox people in Poland will not be very
easy," Alexy II remarked.

A special international commission of the Fund headed by the Patriarch
annually considers the candidacies. Specifically, in 2005 the prize
was awarded to Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios in
the nomination of Head of Local Orthodox Church, Cyprus President
Tassos Papadopoulos in the nomination of State Leader. Moscow Mayor
Yuri Luzhkov was also awarded the prize for Outstanding Activities
to Strengthen Unity of Orthodox Peoples, Interfax reports.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress