PRESS RELEASE
Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
Fax: (04) 419724
E- mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org/

PO Box 70 317
Antelias-Lebanon

Armenian version: http://www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org/v04/doc/Arme nian.htm

THE CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA PARTICIPATES IN THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
DISAPPEARANCE
OF IMAM MOUSA SADR

An event marking the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Imam Mousa
Sadr was organized in Beirut on August 30 under the auspices of the Shiite
community's Spiritual Leader, Sheikh Abdul Amir Kabalan.

The Primate of the Diocese of Lebanon, Bishop Kegham Khatcherian,
represented His Holiness Aram I, who was invited to participate in the event
and address the attendants. Bishop Khatcherian also read the Armenian
Pontiff's speech. Archbishop Gomidas Ohanian and Dr. Jean Salmanian were
also present.

In his speech, His Holiness recounted his meeting with Imam Mousa Sadr
thirty years ago and the values he had seen in the Shiite religious leader.
The Pontiff stressed the importance of dialogue, portraying Sadr as a
supporter of dialogue and Lebanon as a country of dialogue.

On August 31 the same delegation appointed by His Holiness attended the
event organized by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Nabatiyeh also
dedicated to the anniversary of Imam Mousa Sadr's disappearance.

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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.armenianorthodoxchurch.org The Cilician
Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in
Antelias, Lebanon.