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Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
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Armenian version: http://www.cathcil.org/v04/doc/Armenian.htm

THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA IN THE MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE "ARMENIA" ALL-ARMENIAN FUND


The 15th session of the "Armenian" All-Armenian Fund's Board of Trustees was
convened in the government building of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan on
May 5. The president of the republic, H.E. Robert Kotcharian presided over
the meeting.

Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Primate of the Diocese of Tehran, represented
the Catholicosate of Cilicia in the meeting.

President Kotcharian opened the meeting asking the participants to stand up
in a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Armavia plane crash
in Sochi on May 3. The Catholicos of All Armenians then said prayers for the
souls of the victims. Archbishop Sarkissian expressed the condolences of His
Holiness Aram I to president Kotcharian on this sad event.

The attendants listened to the report of the fund's executive committee on
the works carried out in 2005 as well as the financial report of the
overseeing committee. They discussed the agenda of the upcoming
Armenian-Diaspora conference in September.

During lunch break, Archbishop Sarkissian conveyed the greetings of His
Holiness Aram I to president Kotcharian and expressed the Pontiff's support
of the fund's efforts. He wished the president good luck in his mission.

A requiem service was held for the victims of the plane crash in the St.
Gregory the Illuminator Church in Yerevan on May 6. President Kotcharian,
the speaker of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister and ministers,
foreign diplomats and a large number of people attended the service.
Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II presided over the service. Archbishop
Sarkissian participated in the service along with the Catholicos on behalf
of His Holiness Aram I.

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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.