MEETING OF ARMENIAN CHURCH AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX LEADERS
Last week, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, met with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow and All Russia.
"Your Holiness, we came here to renew the brotherly love that has existed between our peoples and our churchs for centuries. That love is the basis of our cooperation, " His Holiness Karekin II said. He expressed his gratitude to the Patriarch for his good will towards the Armenian community in Russia. The two leaders discussed various important issues, including the conflict over Nagorno-Karabagh. As a result of these discussions, it was decided that the Russian Patriarch would host a meeting between Armenian and Azeri religious leaders sometime in the near future.
Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian traveled to Moscow, Russia, to accompany His Holiness Karekin II in his meeting as part of his entourage. "I am glad that Vehapar asked me to be a part of this historic moment. The occasion allowed for our Church to reaffirm its close relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church," His Eminence said.
His Grace Bishop Yezras Nersisian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhichevan, invited members of the entourage to visit the construction site of the new Diocesan complex being built in Moscow. When completed, the complex will be one of the largest Armenian religious centers in the world.
Patriarch Kirill I was consecrated as the the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in February of this year. Prior to ascending to the patriarchal throne, Kirill was archbishop (later metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations.
This occasion marked the first time Catholicos Karekin met with Patriarch Kirill since the latter assumed his new role; the Catholicos had met with Patriarch Kirill in his previous capacities through the ecumenical movement, and with the late Patriarch Alexy, both in Russia and Armenia, on several occasions.
Prior to his election as Patriarch, then Archbishop Kirill met on several occasions with His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. In 2003, the Primate hosted a luncheon in his honor at the Diocesan Center in New York City.
I'm afraid I got the above from an e-newsletter from the Eastern Diocese and I can't find it on either the Etchmiadzin or Eastern Diocese websites. If I find it on someplace that can be linked, I'll link it.