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Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V. Rev. Fr. Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
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Antelias-Lebanon

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


HIS HOLINESS VISITS CULTURAL AND SOCIAL SERVICE CENTERS IN TEHRAN


His Holiness Aram I visited the St. Asdvadzadzine Church and complex of
Tehran with Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, primate of the Diocese of Tehran,
on May 21. His Holiness also visited the "Vatche Hovsepian" cultural center
and the newly built museum in the complex, which will soon host
centuries-old ecclesiastic antiquities belonging to Diocese of Tehran.

His Holiness met with the committee of the church and inquired about the
activities held in the church. A reception was organized in the "Agounk"
center for Armenian underprivileged children, located in the same complex.
The students of the center had prepared a special program for his Holiness.

Aram I praised this tangible example of the humanitarian service of the
church. He commended the teachers and the administrators of the center,
wishing them patience and vigor in their difficult mission.

His Holiness paid a visit to the center of the women's church union also
located in the complex and got acquainted with the social service activities
of the center.

His Holiness presided on the funerary procession of the well-known Armenian
artist, painter and sculptor Avedis Hagopian (Avo) of Tehran the same day.
He granted the Armenian artist the "Saint. Mesrob Mashdots" Medal after his
death.

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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
the 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.