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« on: December 09, 2009, 08:19:22 PM »

Turkey’s Armenian Orthodox community seeks co-patriarch
10 December 2009, Thursday
http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-195125-100-turkeys-armenian-orthodox-community-seeks-co-patriarch.html
 
Patriarch Mesrob II 
The Armenian Patriarchate in İstanbul is seeking permission to designate a “co-patriarch” in light of the illness of Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan, whom they recognize as their community’s spiritual leader until the end of his life. 

An announcement on the patriarchate’s Web site announced that they have submitted an application to the relevant authorities toward the selection of a co-patriarch. The statement recalled that until the emergence of health problems, Patriarch Mesrob II had served in his position for 11 years and that on Dec. 24, 2008, the patriarchate decided that he would be the community’s spiritual leader until his death. “As is known, Turkey’s Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II is unfortunately ill. As we’ve written before, doctors are not positive about his medical condition. … On March 2, 2009, the decision was made that the necessity existed for a co-patriarch to be chosen, as our tradition provides for,” the statement added. While the exact nature of the patriarch’s illness has not been disclosed to the public, known issues include memory difficulty and other problems that emerged after the 53-year-old underwent surgery to remove a goiter.

The spiritual council of the Orthodox community decided during a Nov. 13 meeting to announce its decision to submit the necessary application to make it possible to select a co-patriarch, the statement said. The application has been accepted by İstanbul Governor Muammer Güler and will be forwarded as is required to the Ministry of the Interior, the patriarchate added.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009, 08:28:23 PM »

Lord, have mercy, and grant them enlightenment & strength for their search.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 08:51:59 PM »

Ironic that they have to ask for permission from the same people who tried to exterminate them in order to fill a Church position.

Dear Turkish Government Authorities,

Don't Shoot! We come in peace!

We would really like your permission to install a co-patriarch. If you are not planning on finishing what you started in 1915, would you kindly allow us to fill this position, so that we can have a well-run Church for as long as you let us stay in Turkey?

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009, 09:04:26 PM »

Ironic that they have to ask for permission from the same people who tried to exterminate them in order to fill a Church position.

Dear Turkish Government Authorities,

Don't Shoot! We come in peace!

We would really like your permission to install a co-patriarch. If you are not planning on finishing what you started in 1915, would you kindly allow us to fill this position, so that we can have a well-run Church for as long as you let us stay in Turkey?

Kind regards,

Your Subject Peoples the Armenians
(The Descendants of the Ones You Didn't Manage to Kill)


and whose ancestors predated you here by millenia.

I once had a lovely argument with a Turk on a bus trip from Iconium: he insisted that ther Armenians were Turks who had come early and had forgotten their Turkish roots.
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