GOARCH - June 16, 1998

Archbishop Spyridon Joins in Welcome for Karekin I

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, joined with other hierarchs and church leaders in greeting His Holiness Karekin I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, during his current visit to Armenian parishes in the United States.

Welcoming Archbishop Spyridon to St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City on Monday, June 15th, was His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

His Holiness Patriarch Karekin and Archbishop Spyridon held an extensive private discussion ranging over several issues,including: the World Council of Churches and ecumenical relations, religious education, church-state relations and the status of the church in Armenia and Greece.

Patriarch Karekin also warmly recalled the visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Armenia in 1997 and his reciprocal visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. In a formal exchange of gifts, His Eminence presented His Holiness with a silver Reliquary.

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