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DECR chairman meets with Primate of the Armenian Catholic Church

On January 10, 2022, DECR chairman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk met with His Beatitude Raphael Berdos, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia, who has come to Russia for the first time as Primate of the Armenian Catholic Church since he was elected to the Patriarchal see in September 2021. The meeting took place at the Department for the External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate.

His Beatitude was accompanied by Protoarchimadrite Bedros (Yessaian), rector of the Armenian Catholic parish in Moscow, and Hegumen Narek (Mnoian), Patriarchal secretary. From the Russian Orthodox Churches, there were Hieromonk Stephen (Igumnov), DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations, and S. Alferov, staff member of the DECR.

Metropolitan Hilarion welcomed the high guest on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Eminence pointed to the importance of cooperation between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Armenian Catholic Church, including in implementing humanitarian projects in Syria and Lebanon.

On his part, His Beatitude thanked Metropolitan Hilarion for the hospitality, expressing gratitude to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and to the whole Russian Orthodox Church, as well as to the Russian State for their consistent efforts to support persecuted and distressed Christians in various regions of the world. The Primate of the Armenian Catholic Church gave a high value to the participation of the Moscow Patriarchate in helping to settle the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and to Russia’s support for the traditional Christian communities in the Middle East. “History shows that it is the Russian state that has given the most effective help to its persecuted brothers in faith, while all the rest have often contented themselves with empty promises, which remain on paper at best. We remember it and are sincerely grateful for all that you have done for us”, His Beatitude noted in particular.

They also discussed other issues of mutual concern, including in the general context of Orthodox-Catholic cooperation.

 

DECR Communication Service

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