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Armenian Catholicose-Patriarch Karekin II Visits India

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  • Salem Voice Ministries
    (Paul Ciniraj, Malankara Church Missionary, Kottayam-686038, India) Kottayam (Kerala, India), SVM News: http://salemvoice.org/svm313.html, 04 November 2008:
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2008
      (Paul Ciniraj, Malankara Church Missionary, Kottayam-686038, India)

      Kottayam (Kerala, India), SVM News:
      http://salemvoice.org/svm313.html, 04 November 2008: His Holiness
      Karekin II, The Supreme Catholicose-Patriarch of the Armenian
      Orthodox Church arrived in India on 31st of October and will be here
      till November 12, 2008.

      Karekin II will be received by His Holiness Baselios Marthoma
      Didymus I, the Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan of
      the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church on November 5 at the
      Catholicate Palace, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala. He will be
      confered the Order of St. Thomas by the Catholicos of the East, in a
      function at Mammen Mappilai Hall, Kottayam on 6th of November.

      He will attend another couple of functions on 7th at Parumala
      Seminary and the newly built and consecrated His Grace Paulose Mar
      Pachomios Metropolitan's Residence in Mavelikara Diocese. On 8th
      Karekin II will visit the Orthodox Theological Seminary for
      inaugurating the recording studio at Sruti complex.

      Then he will be leaving to Chennai and Kolkata on 8th of evening to
      attend the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Armenian community
      in Kolkata and Chennai.

      On 9th he will be attending the reconsecration ceremony of Armenian
      community in Chennai.

      In Kolkata Karekin II will be attending the service at Hrashapar
      Holy Nazareth Church in Kolkata and the evening events on 10th of

      On 11th, His Holiness will be inagurating the opening ceremony of
      the newly constructed Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Tangra in
      Kolkata and the welcome ceremony of the 300th anniversary
      celebration of the Armenian Orthodox community.

      Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, the Primate of the Armenian Church
      Diocese of Australia, Dr. Ashot Kocharian, the Ambassador of the
      Republic of Armenia in India, Bishop Arshak Khachatryan, the
      Chancellor of Armenia, Bishop Armash Nalbandian, the Primate of the
      Armenian Church Diocese of Damascus, Bishop Anushavan ( Andranik)
      Zhamkochyan, the Dean of Yerevan State University - Theological
      Faculty, V. Rev. Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian, the Pastor and Manager of
      the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy, Rev Fr Hovnan
      (Artur) Hakobyan, the Staff-Bearer, Rev Fr Ktrij (Armen) Devejian,
      the Translator, Ms. Manya Ghazaryan, the Executive Director-
      Shoghakat TV, Mr. Suren Ter-Grigoryan, the Chief cameraman-Shoghakat
      TV, Ms. Paula Devejian - the Director-Internet Development Dept.,
      Mr. Gagik Galstyan and Ms. Aida Khachatouryan are accompaniying His
      Holiness Karekin II during his visit in India.

      His Holiness KAREKIN II was born in 1951 in the village of Voskehat,
      near Etchmiadzin, and baptized Ktrij Nersissian.

      He entered the seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin in 1965, graduating with
      honors in 1971 and was ordained as a celibate priest (monk) in 1972
      by name Karekin.

      In 23 October 1983 he was elevated to the rank of Bishop by the hand
      of His Holiness Catholicose Vasken I and he himself . granted him
      the title of Archbishop in November 1992.

      He was elected the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
      on October 27, 1999, when more than 450 delegates from Armenian
      Church jurisdictions around the world met in a National
      Ecclesiastical Assembly at Holy Etchmiadzin, the Church's Mother
      See, located in the Republic of Armenia. His consecration and
      enthronement followed on November 4th. As the 132nd in a continuous
      line of Catholicoi dating back to the Fourth Century, Catholicos
      Karekin II presides over the Supreme Spiritual Council (the Armenian
      Church's governing college of bishops), and is the chief shepherd of
      the world's 7 million Armenian Apostolic Christians.
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