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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

Armenian refugees at Novorossiysk, 1920

Christian advocates praise Biden for recognizing Armenian genocide

Apr 26, 2021

Christian advocates praised President Joe Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian genocide over the weekend. 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

Archbishop José Bettencourt, papal nuncio to Georgia and Armenia.

Papal envoy travels to Armenia in aftermath of 44-day war

Dec 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A papal envoy traveled to Armenia last week to speak with civil and Christian leaders in the aftermath of the... Read more

A billboard in Yerevan featuring the flags of Armenia and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Oct. 7, 2020.

Armenia’s ambassador to Vatican stresses threat of Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nov 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See said Wednesday that the recruitment and deployment of Syrian Islamist extremists to the... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Christian advocates call for U.S. to condemn aggression against Armenians

Nov 11, 2020

An ecumenical group of advocates for persecuted Christians is calling on the U.S. to condemn Turkey and Azerbaijan, amid a... Read more

Turkish soldiers.

New calls for US sanctions on Turkey for Christian persecution

Oct 17, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Christian human rights leaders have called on the Trump administration to issue sanctions on Turkey in response to its actions... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Oct 13, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict... Read more

Christian aid groups call for response after Armenian Orthodox cathedral shelled

Oct 9, 2020

A historical cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh was attacked this week, and Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of carrying out the attack.  Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 21, 2020.

Pope Francis calls for peaceful resolution to clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Jul 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday said he is praying for the families of victims of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and hopes... Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II pray together in Yeravan, Armenia, on June 26, 2016.

St. Gregory of Narek statue, a sign of Armenian faith, installed at Vatican

Apr 4, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At the end of Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia in June 2016, the pope was given a small statue of... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both... Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II pray at the Armenian apostolic cathedral in Gyumri, June 25, 2016.

Pope and Armenian Church leader: Crisis in the family caused by secularism

Jun 26, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In a joint declaration signed Sunday, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II expressed their shared belief that, when the family... Read more

Pope Francis greets Catholicos Karekin II during divine liturgy, June 26, 2016.

Pope to Catholicos Karekin II: 'We have embraced as brothers'

Jun 26, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis reiterated his desire for full communion with the Armenian Apostolic Church during its divine liturgy on Sunday, the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the flight from Rome to Armenia, June 24, 2016.

Pope Francis: Europe must ensure peaceful coexistence after Brexit

Jun 24, 2016

Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the... 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