JOINT COMMUNIQU+ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â« OF THE MEETING OF THE DELEGATIONS OF THE CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS AND THE CATHOLICOS OF THE GREAT HOUSE OF CILICIA
With the supreme dispensation of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, a consultative meeting took place between the delegation of the Catholicate of All Armenians and that of the Catholicate of the Great House of Cilicia, in order to further the blossoming of the sacred mission of the Armenian Church and to strengthen her internal unity. The delegations met on March 4 and 5, 2005, at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare a draft of the agenda that will deal with the theme "the imperative of the renewal of the Armenian Church."
The members of the Catholicate of All Armenians were:
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian (co-Chairman)
Bishop Mikayel Achabahian (co-Secretary)
Mr. Rafayel Babayan
Mr. James Kalustian
The members of the Catholicate of Great House of Cilicia were:
Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan (co-Chairman)
Bishop Nareg Alyemezian (co-Secretary)
Mr. Yervant Pambougian
Mr. Arsen Tanielian
Rev. Fr. Vahram Melikian prepared the minutes of the meeting.
On Friday, March 4, His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians received both delegations at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. His Holiness gave his paternal blessings to the members of the two delegations and spoke about Catholicos Aram I's and his expectations. Subsequently, Archbishop Oshagan conveyed to His Holiness the warm and cordial greetings of His Holiness Aram I Catholicos and expressed the filial respect of those present.
The participants of the meeting began their work with the Lord's prayer. After thanking and glorifying God for the present gathering, they sought inspiration from a Biblical reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-16), and were thereby led to the preparation of the agenda. The latter, which consisted of nine items, included the basic areas that touch upon the identity, life and witness of the Armenian Church. The following is the agenda:
1. The canonical state of the Armenian Church within ecclesiological, administrative and canonical limits;
2. The vigorous preservation of Christian and Armenian education, evangelical mission, and spiritual and cultural values;
3. Ritual and liturgical life;
4. Preparation of clergymen and revival of monastic life;
5. Inter-denominational and inter-religious relations;
6. Positions concerning modern social and moral issues;
7. Inter-relations between Church and state, and Church and social organizations;
8. Pursuing the rights of the Armenian people;
9. Utilization of modern technological means.
Thereupon, each issue, with its sub-categories, was discussed in depth, as a first step towards a subsequent comprehensive analysis and adoption of respective steps.
The discussions were conducted in a warm environment of Christian love and spiritual gratification, always having as their goal the ardent enlivenment of the multi-faceted mission of the Armenian Church in the homeland and in the Diaspora.
At the conclusion of the meeting it was resolved to present for consideration the draft of the agenda to His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians and to His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, and filially bring to their notice the initiative and the transactions of the committee.