25 – 26 October 2014. On Saturday and Sunday His Holiness Aram I, accompanied by the diocesan prelates and representatives of church councils, met with Ali Larinjani, Chairman of the Parliament of Iran, and Dr. Abuzar Ibrahimi, the Director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).
The Feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala ( the first cannonized Indian Saint) was celebrated with a spirit of unity by the Oriental Orthodox Churches in Dallas at St Gregorios Orthodox Church in Garland under the leadership of Rev. Fr. C.G. Thomas. Priests, deacons, and faithful from St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Colleyville, St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Euless, St Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church in Richardson, and St Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in Carrollton all joined in the celebration of the feast of St Gregorios on November 1st, 2014. It was a taste of the Kingdom when all cultures will be gathered before the throne of God worshipping in unity of spirit and faith.
23 October 2014. On Thursday afternoon, His Holiness Aram I met with the Heads of Christian Communities in Iran at the Prelacy in Tehran.
Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian welcomed the guests and informed the Catholicos that they meet often to consult and discuss their problems and plans. He then invited the representatives to introduce their communities and their work to Catholicos Aram I.
At the end of this month, at the river Jordan bank in Jordan, the Armenian Baptismal Church of St. Garabed will be consecrated.
His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan donated property for the Church to the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as well as property for other churches at the river Jordan bank.
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (R) and Pope Tawadros II (L) of Alexandria at the ceremony for the recent reopening of the Hanging Church, in Old Cairo.
Ibrahim Mahlab’s government is underscoring Egypt’s Christian identity in a bid to relaunch Egypt’s religious tourism. The message emerging from Tuesday night’s inaguration cerimony , attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, is the promotion of itineraries linked to the presence of the Holy Family in Egypt. The government and religious authorities agree: “We need peace and security in Egypt”, both premier Mahlab and the Coptic patriarch Tawadros II said, while talking about the Coptic quarter of Cairo, “a symbol of the country’s identity”, Mahlab added, where next to churches you can find other places of worship for other monotheistic religions, such as the Jewish and the Muslim one. It’s a place “that speaks by itself” underlined Mahlab “of dialogue, peace and security” , the essence of Egypt. A country where, according to tradition, “also Jesus found peace and safety”.
On Sunday, after the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I received the Governor of Isfahan, his deputies, the head of religious affairs and the chief of internal security at the Holy Saviour Monastery. This was the first such visit in the centuries-long history of the two peoples. The Governor first thanked Catholicos Aram I for his visit to Iran, his leadership and the significant contribution of the Armenian community to the city. During their conversation they also discussed the situation in the Middle East.