Friday, October 12, 2007

Boston faith leaders honor Armenian catholicos

The Pilot, MA
By Neil W. McCabe Pilot Correspondent

Joining leaders of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis in Boston, this week Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley welcomed His Holiness Karekin II, the supreme patriarch and catholicos of the Armenian Church and affirmed his recognition of the Armenia Genocide of 1915.

“Certainly, we realize how important the theme of the genocide is to the Armenian people and we want to go on record as supporting your efforts to memorialize this and we hope that this will bring the healing and the strength to your people that is necessary,” the cardinal said is his remarks at the Oct. 8 ecumenical prayer breakfast held in honor of the visit of the catholicos.

Also at the breakfast, Catholicos Karekin was presented a copy of resolution passed by the Massachusetts Council of Churches unequivocally recognizing the reality of the genocide of the Armenian people waged by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923. The resolution was passed by the council’s board of directors earlier in the week and publicly released to coincide with the catholicos’s visit to Boston, said Rev. Jack Johnson, the council’s executive director.

The resolution has three clauses. The first rebukes and rebuts those who deny the genocide, regardless of their motivation, because denials of the certain truth of the genocide make future instances of genocide more likely. The second clause remembers those who perished, the survivors and prays for the end to all genocides. The third clause calls on all member communions of the council and their faithful to make special prayers for the Armenian people as the first Christian nation in the spirit of Christian fellowship and common witness to human suffering as exemplified by our risen Lord.

Johnson told the patriarch, “We express profound prayers of thanksgiving for you, your Holiness, for your visit among us and your leadership in rebuilding your country and the Armenian Church worldwide.”

In his own remarks, the catholicos thanked the cardinal and Rev. Johnson. “We extend our thanks for this event. We pray that God will keep our churches unified in this matter.”

Unity is an important theme in the Armenian Church, he said. “We believe in unity in the essentials and freedom in the non-essentials.”

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