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RETURNING HISTORICAL CHURCHES IS OUR MOST TOPICAL ISSUE: BP. MIRZAKHANIAN

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://groong.usc.edu/news/msg476687.html RETURNING HISTORICAL CHURCHES IS OUR MOST TOPICAL ISSUE: BP. MIRZAKHANIAN
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      RETURNING HISTORICAL CHURCHES IS OUR MOST TOPICAL ISSUE: BP. MIRZAKHANIAN

      http://armenpress.am/eng/news/729084/returning-historical-churches-is-our-most-topical-issue-bp-mirzakhanian.html
      16:04, 13 August, 2013

      YEREVAN, AUGUST 13, ARMENPRESS. The returning of the historical
      Armenian churches and lack of clergy are the most topical issues of
      the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia. As
      reports "Armenpress", "Union" information centre of the Armenian
      community of Georgia had a conversation with the Primate of the Diocese
      of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia Bishop Vasken
      Mirzakhanian regarding the Armenian community, diocese of the Armenian
      Apostolic Church in Georgia and its relations with the Georgian Church.

      The Primate of the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church
      in Georgia Bishop Vasken Mirzakhanian stated that at the course of
      ten years of his being in office the acting cathedrals and churches
      have been restored. A lot of work has been conducted with the people
      via the organized events, information sources, and active presence
      thus changing the attitude of the Georgian officials and the Georgian
      people towards the Armenian nation and Armenian Church. "This year the
      Prime Minister of Georgia attended the ceremonies dedicated to the Holy
      Nativity. One year ago the President himself honored the liturgy served
      in Holy Nativity. The Mayor and a number of Ministers, Deputies, and
      spiritual leaders of other churches as well attended the Easter Mass.

      These all prove that the people's attitude towards the Armenians
      changes," the Primate of the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox
      Holy Church in Georgia Bishop Vasken Mirzakhanian noted.

      Bishop Vasken Mirzakhanian (baptismal name Edward) was born on 21 July
      1965 in the village of Artimed (formerly Atarbekian) of the district
      of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). He studied in the secondary school of
      the village starting in 1971, and graduated in 1982.

      He entered the Gevorkian Theological Seminary at the Mother See of Holy
      Etchmiadzin in 1982. From 1984 to 1986 he deferred the continuation
      of his education to serve in the Soviet Army. After the completion
      of his tour of duty, he continued his studies at the Seminary.

      He was ordained to the diaconate on 7 May 1989 by Archbishop Housik
      Santourian. In 1990, he successfully defended his final theses entitled
      The life and Literary Heritage of Archimandrite Grigor Skearatsi.

      On 4 September 2002, he was appointed to serve as the Primate of the
      Diocese of Georgia. Father Vazken was consecrated as a Bishop on 23
      July 2003, by the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin
      II, in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.

      On 20 November 2003 he was appointed to serve as the executive director
      of the Episcopal Council's Organizational office
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