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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

IRAQI PRIMATES VISIT ANTELIAS


His Holiness Aram I met with the primates of the Armenian and Syrian
communities of Iraq in his office in Antelias on May 30. Primate of the
Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq Archbishop Avak Assadourian and
Primate of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Baghdad and Basra Mor Severios Hawa
discussed with the Pontiff the situation in Iraq and particularly the
difficulties the country's Christian communities face.

The primates assured His Holiness that despite the ongoing lack of security
in Iraq, the country's Christian communities are well organized. They
pointed out that a number of projects planned by Churches in Iraq need
overseas funding.

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) helps these Christian communities
to a certain extent. The Primates asked His Holiness Aram I to intervene
with the MECC for increased support taking into consideration the economic
crisis in Iraq.

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administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.