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His Eminence Participates in a Reception Honoring the OCA Metropolitan and the R.C. Archbishop of NY

On Tuesday, September 8, Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim participated in an ecumenical gathering in honor of the newly installed Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington and New York, and Metropolitan of All America and Canada and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York. The reception was organized by the Armenian Church in America and hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at the headquarters of the Armenian Church in New York. Archbishop Karim was accompanied by Rev, Fr. Joseph Chamoun, Assistant Pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral.

Several leaders of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches came together at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral for a prayer service, commemorating the Nativity of the Mother-of-God, which is observed on September 8, followed by a reception to honor Archbishop Dolan and Metropolitan Jonah.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, delivered the invocation. He thanked Archbishop Barsamian for organizing the day’s program and congratulated Archbishop Dolan and Metropolitan Jonah on their new positions.
During the lunch Archbishop Barsamian warmly welcomed his guests to Armenian Church. He then introduced the two religious leaders wishing them God’s blessings and praying for success in their mission. He presented Archbishop Dolan and Metropolitan Jonah with carvings of biblical scenes hand-crafted in Armenia. He also presented Archbishop Dolan with a pectoral cross and Metropolitan Jonah with a panagia on behalf of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

Archbishop Dolan and Metropolitan Jonah spoke about the warm relationship among the ancient Christian churches in New York City, and in America generally.
At the conclusion of the afternoon meeting, Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Eastern United States, delivered a benediction asking God to bless and guide Archbishop Dolan and Metropolitan Jonah, and thanking Him for the opportunity to gather in a spirit of brotherly love.

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