Primate Receives “Service to Motherland” Medal from Armenia’s President


A meeting of the Armenian Church’s Supreme Spiritual Council convened on February 20 at Holy Etchmiadzin, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

Among the agenda items at the 4-day meeting are issues relating to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, effective church management, the centennial of the Battle of Sardarabad and Armenia’s 1918 republic, and the church’s mission to young people.

On Tuesday, members of the Supreme Spiritual Council were received by Armenian President Serge Sargsyan. In the course of the gathering, where he endorsed the idea of drawing up a constitution for the Armenian Church, President Sargsyan conferred honors of distinction on three of the attending archbishops.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, was honored by the President with the “Medal for Services to the Motherland, First Degree.” Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese and Archbishop Navasard Ktchoyan of the Araratian Diocese received the same distinction.

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