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“Even the greatest pain, transformed by the saving power of the Cross, can become a seed of peace for the future. Armenians are heralds and witnesses of this power.” The words belong to His Holiness Pope Francis, spoken in the course of his visit to Armenia last weekend.

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Thirteen current and former Central Council members from across the Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYO) of the Eastern and Western Dioceses came together in late June at St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY, for the 2016 ACYO North American Conference.

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Last weekend, parishioners at Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, observed the 60th anniversary of the consecration of the area’s original church in nearby East St. Louis. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy, ordained altar servers, and joined the community for a banquet.

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by Arsen Yelegen

Youth and clergy from across the Eastern Diocese gathered in Boston, MA, last weekend for the 70th annual ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend.

The General Assembly was held on May 26 and 27, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in downtown Boston. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, presided over the assembly.

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ACYOA Juniors gathered over Memorial Day weekend at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for the 41st annual Hye M’rtsoom program. The parish hosted 211 participants from 14 parishes across the Diocese for a weekend of worship, sports, and fellowship.

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