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The ongoing Episcopal Assembly of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is a historical event, as the Armenian Catholicoses, Karekin II and Aram I, have attended it, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I said addressing those present at the Assembly.
His Holiness Aram I said the Assembly must boost consolidation of the Armenian Church for settlement of the country's domestic problems.
"Unity of the church bodies and preservation of national traditions that do not contradict the ongoing processes are what we need to settle the nation-wide issues," he said. Aram I believes that church and state reforms must start with self-criticism.
"There are many problems inside the Church. We should work hard to settle those problems and this Assembly should become an impetus for self-analysis by vergers," Aram I said. Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, in turn, said that the key issue on agenda of the Episcopal Assembly is canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
"Such Assembly had not been held for 600 years. There are some issues connected with the solemn act of canonization that need solution," His Holiness said. He believes that participation of 62 delegates out of 75 in the event enables them to discuss issues in details and find solutions to them.
As it was reported earlier, Archbishop Nurkhan Manukyan, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, has boycotted the Assembly and addressed a letter to Karekin II harshly criticizing the latter's policy and resignation of the Leader of the French Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.