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Pope Francis meets with Catholicos Karekin II, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on Oct. 16, 2021.

The Vatican strengthens ties with the world’s oldest Christian nation

Oct 20, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A week of high-level meetings has brought the Holy See and Armenia ever closer. Read more

Archbishop Raphael Minassian with Gia Chacón, organizer of Operation Christmas for Armenia. Photos courtesy of For the Martyrs.

‘This is our mission’: Catholic archbishop brings aid to suffering Armenians

Jan 7, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Archbishop Raphael Minassian is a man of action who has little time for the formalities of ecclesiastical life.  Read more

The Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri.

Armenian Apostolic Church appoints first-ever representative in Rome

Dec 19, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Armenian Apostolic Church, one of six in the Oriental Orthodox communion, will have a fixed representative in Rome, similar... Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II at the ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace on Saturday, June 25.

Pope to Armenian Church: 'Let us race towards full communion!'

Jun 25, 2016

Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at... Read more

The Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri.

Is Pope Francis' Armenia visit another step toward Christian unity?

Jun 23, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia is a chance to build on decades of productive ecumenical dialogue with the Armenian Apostolic... Read more

Catholicoi Aram I and Karekin II of the Armenian Apostolic Church attend a Mass for the faithful of the Armenian rite at St. Peter's Basilica, April 12, 2015.

Armenia's fidelity to Christ is at the heart of Pope Francis' upcoming visit

Jun 8, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Coming on the heels of the centenary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Caucasus nation is... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Pope lauds Armenian Church leader's commitment to unity

Jun 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

During Pope Francis' encounter with a Catholicos of the Apostolic Armenian Church, the pontiff commended him for his efforts in... Read more

Pope Francis says the Mass of Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2014.

The ecumenism of martyrdom: Pope Francis' way

May 8, 2014

Martyrdom is a call to Church unity, Pope Francis observed to the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, signalling his... Read more