Armenian bishop dies of cancer

AP Online
May 01, 2004


Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian of the Armenian Orthodox Church has died
of lung cancer, a church statement said Saturday. He was 57.

Aznavorian, chairman of the religious council and director of the
Christian Education Department of the Armenian Orthodox Church of
Cilicia, died Friday at the church's seat in Antelias, north of the
Lebanese capital, Beirut, the statement said.

The bishop, whose condition deteriorated in the past few days, had
received treatment in New York before returning to Beirut last month.

Born in Beirut in 1947, Aznavorian studied priesthood in the Antelias'
seminary and later in the Rome Theological University.

In the early 1980s, he was the Armenian Orthodox Vicar of Cyprus based
in Nicosia.

In the past few years, Aznavorian had been engaged in translating the
Old and New Testament from archaic Greek and Hebrew originals into
modern Armenian.

He will be burned in Antelias on Monday.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress