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Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister Aqeel al-Khazali (left) greets Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the United States, during the visit of an ecumenical delegation to al-Khazali's office in Baghdad on January 21, 2017.

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director, took part in a delegation of church leaders visiting Iraq from January 20 to 24. The visit was organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and included meetings with political leaders, United Nations representatives, humanitarian aid workers, refugees, and local Christian leaders in Baghdad and the northern Kurdistan region.

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ACYOA Chapter Workshop

By Arsen Yelegen

From January 20 to 22, more than 40 young adults from 16 parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered at St. Kevork Church in Houston, TX for the annual ACYOA Seniors Chapter Workshop. Organized by the ACYOA Central Council, the weekend focused on finding ways to strengthen local ACYOA chapters. The Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan, pastor of St. Kevork Church, served as the weekend’s chaplain.

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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), traveled to St. David Church in Boca Raton, FL, on January 13-15, to meet with parishioners and church organizations, and to honor the 10th ordination anniversary of pastor Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan.

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On Friday, January 6, worshippers gathered at New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral for the observance of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered a sermon that touched on the economic and security concerns people face in today’s society.

He said that despite the many worldly troubles that exist today, “God understands all these concerns—and still He has called us, to perform His will in the world.”

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