Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Recent Articles from The Armenian Weekly... Pope Francis to Hold Mass for Armenian Genocide Centennial

US State Department ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Karen Petrosyan’s Death in Azerbaijani Custody Bitlis Town Council Names ‘William Saroyan Street’ The Hidden Truth in Hockey’s Book AMAA Awards 140K in College Scholarships Rated SR Film Fest Kicks Off 2nd Season with Launch Party Search Armenian Weekly Pope Francis to Hold Mass for Armenian Genocide Centennial BUENOS AIRES—Pope Francis will hold Mass for the Armenian Genocide Centennial in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, on April 12, 2015. The Announcement was made by the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Poli during a mass in the Armenian Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Narek on Sunday, Aug. 17, reported Presna Armenia. Pope Francis Pablo Hakimian, the pastor of the Armenian Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Narek, said that the announcement of a Mass for the Armenian Genocide centennial is in response to an invitation by the Armenian Catholic Church. “The Pope replied to the invitation from the Armenian Catholic Church a year ago through Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX to hold a mass for the recognition of the Genocide,” Father Hakimian told Prensa Armenia. On June 3, 2013, Pope Francis held a meeting with a delegation led by Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX, during which he also met a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors and stated, “It was the first genocide of the... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • US State Department ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Karen Petrosyan’s Death in Azerbaijani Custody ANCA welcomes call for “full and transparent” investigation of incident WASHINGTON, DC—A State Department spokesperson, in response to an August 15 media inquiry about the violent abuse and subsequent death of an Armenian civilian while in Azerbaijani custody, has issued the following statement: News reports showed Azerbaijani defense ministry officials dragging, questioning and publicly humiliating Petrosyan on national television. “The United States is deeply concerned by reports on the death of Karen Petrosyan while in Azerbaijan’s custody and by allegations that his death was not due to natural causes. The United States offers its sincere condolences to Mr. Petrosyan’s family. We call on the Government of Azerbaijan to conduct a full and transparent investigation into this incident and to make its findings public. We remind the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia of their obligations under international humanitarian law, especially their obligation to... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Bitlis Town Council Names ‘William Saroyan Street’ BITLIS, Turkey—The Bitlis town council recently approved the renaming of five streets in this historic town in south-eastern Turkey. Among the names is “William Saroyan Street,” after the great Armenian-American writer whose ancestors came from Bitlis before 1915. Saroyan was born in Fresno, Calif., but felt strong ties to his ancestral home. He visited Bitlis in 1964; 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of that visit. Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute) and Hüseyin Olan (Bitlis co-Mayor) in Sapkor district of Bitlis, June 2014 One of the champions of renaming “William Saroyan Street” was Barzan Serefhanoglu, whose grandfather, Adil Serefhanoglu, was the mayor of Bitlis when Saroyan visited the city. Adil Serefhanoglu showed great respect to Saroyan—and paid a high price for it. After Saroyan’s departure, he was harassed by the authorities who wanted to punish him. “William Saroyan Street” will now be the main street of the Sapkor district of the city, where the Saroyan... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • The Hidden Truth in Hockey’s Book Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography has attracted much interest, including a peak into Cabinet relationships, the budget, and future leadership contenders. Yet there is one issue that has snuck firmly under the radar, and goes to Australia’s moral fabric: the denial of the first genocide of the 20th century. Cover of Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey’s authorized biography The Armenian Genocide, which started on the eve of Anzac Day 1915, resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million people. The Turkish government denies the genocide; at the same time Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan falsely labels the recent tragic strikes on Gaza as “systematic genocide.” The hidden truth goes to Hockey’s position on the Armenian Genocide, which is in direct contradiction to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who recently asserted, “We do not, however, recognize these events as ‘genocide.’” Previous foreign ministers have also caved under... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • AMAA Awards 140K in College Scholarships This year, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) awarded $140,450 in scholarships to 57 worthy students who attend colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The AMAA has helped thousands of students from kindergarten to high school with tuition aid, and hundreds of college students with scholarships. In addition, $15,000 will be awarded to needy and qualified university students in Armenia. These scholarships range from $200 to $600 as the cost of higher education in Armenia is significantly less. Since its inception, the AMAA has helped thousands of students from kindergarten to high school with tuition aid, and hundreds of college students with scholarships. Moreover, the AMAA provides financial aid to schools and institutions of higher education in the Near East, including Haigazian University and the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. The scholarships granted this year were provided from several AMAA scholarship funds established over the... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Rated SR Film Fest Kicks Off 2nd Season with Launch Party NEW YORK—Following a successful inaugural year with 55 films from 18 countries, Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York is gearing up for its second edition with a gathering at Bettolona restaurant on Wed., Sept. 3. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the winning film directors, cast members, and their colleagues as well as network with important industry guests. There will be prizes to win and passes to the festival given out. Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York is gearing up for its second edition with a gathering at Bettolona restaurant on Wed., Sept. 3. Founded by award-winning actor, filmmaker, and curator Nora Armani to promote positive social change through films covering a wide range of social issues, this year’s Rated SR Film Festival has two special spotlight sections titled “100 Years of Genocide” and “Women Filmmakers of MENA.” “I know many Middle Eastern and MENA women filmmakers who are really talented and make films that... 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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

OUR PRIMATE - His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian

Primate His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian was born Sarkis Hovhanessian on November 13, 1963 to Dr. Avedis and Seta Hovhanessian in Baghdad, Iraq. He is the beloved brother of Dr. Simon Hovhanessian, Sarah Hovhanessian and Silva Hovhanessian, and the uncle of Nyrie, Avedis and Nora Hovhanessian. Bishop Vahan received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Engineering College of the University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 1985. Upon his graduation, and under the tutelage of His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq, Bishop Vahan pursued his graduate studies in Theology in New York, USA, enrolling at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. In 1989, he received his Diploma in Armenian Church Studies from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the Master of Divinity Degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, with a faculty commendation on his graduation thesis: “The Council of Shahabivan 445AD: Introduction, Translation and Commentary.” A year later, Bishop Vahan continued his doctoral studies in Scriptures at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, USA. In May 1998, upon successfully defending his doctoral dissertation “Third Corinthians: Reclaiming Paul for Orthodox Christianity,” Bishop Vahan earned his Ph.D. degree in Biblical Studies from Fordham University. Bishop Vahan has been serving the Armenian Church since his childhood years, first as an acolyte then as a subdeacon, deacon and assistant organist at the St. Gregory Cathedral of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon his graduation from St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries, Fr. Vahan joined the Monastic Order of Holy Etchmiadzin and was ordained celibate priest, Apegha, in 1990. Four years later he was elevated to the rank of Vartabed (Doctor of Faith). The rank of Dzayrakuyn Vartabed (Chief Doctor of Faith) was bestowed upon him in 2006, after successfully defending his Dzayrakuyn Vartabedagan thesis, “The New Testament Apocrypha in the Armenian Church,” in Armenian in the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. Bishop Vahan is the author of numerous articles and books in the fields of biblical studies, theology and Armenian Church history. His doctoral dissertation was published by Peter Lang Inc., in New York (2000). Among his other publications are the book, In Remembrance of the Lord: Biblical Introduction, Historical Review and Contemporary Commentary, commissioned by Abp. Khajag Brasamian, the primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (2008); Exegesis and Hermeneutics in the Churches of the East (2009); and The Old Testament As Authoritative Scripture in the Churches of the East (2010). He is also the General Editor of the Bible in the Christian Orthodox Tradition series for Peter Lang Publishers. By the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Bishop Vahan organized and chaired the very first international conference on the Armenian Bible held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in October 2005. Bishop Vahan is a member of many academic and ecclesiastical organizations including the “Orthodox Theological Society in America,” “Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne,” “Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes,” and the “Society of Biblical Literature,” where he serves as the chairman of the unit, “Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions.” Upon his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Vahan briefly served at the Armenian Diocese of Iraq in Baghdad and Mosul. In the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America he served as the visiting parish priest of Holy Cross, New York (1991-92), the Acting Canon Sacrist of St. Vartan Cathedral (1992-93), the pastor of the St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey (1993-99), the Interim Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York (1999-2000), and the Pastor of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs (2000-2010). He holds a visiting professorship at the Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the Seminary of the Coptic Archdiocese in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. In 2009, Bishop Vahan was inducted in the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, for teaching excellence. Bishop Vahan was elected Primate of the Armenian Church in the United Kingdom on the 14th of December 2009 and his election was ratified by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, on the 29th of December, 2009. He was ordaned raised to the rank of Bishop on November 6th 2011. Primate’s Office Tel. No.: 0208 127 8364 Fax No.: 0872 111 5548 e-mail address: primatesoffice@armenianchurch.co.uk

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Armenian Community Council of the United Kingdom HomeACCUKNewsThe ChurchUK ArmeniansThe EmbassyRegister OnlineContact UsGallery Primate His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovanessian Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian was born Sarkis Hovhanessian on November 13, 1963 to Dr. Avedis and Seta Hovhanessian in Baghdad, Iraq. He is the beloved brother of Dr. Simon Hovhanessian, Sarah Hovhanessian and Silva Hovhanessian, and the uncle of Nyrie, Avedis and Nora Hovhanessian. Bishop Vahan received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Engineering College of the University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 1985. Upon his graduation, and under the tutelage of His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq, Bishop Vahan pursued his graduate studies in Theology in New York, USA, enrolling at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. In 1989, he received his Diploma in Armenian Church Studies from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the Master of Divinity Degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, with a faculty commendation on his graduation thesis: “The Council of Shahabivan 445AD: Introduction, Translation and Commentary.” A year later, Bishop Vahan continued his doctoral studies in Scriptures at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, USA. In May 1998, upon successfully defending his doctoral dissertation “Third Corinthians: Reclaiming Paul for Orthodox Christianity,” Bishop Vahan earned his Ph.D. degree in Biblical Studies from Fordham University. Bishop Vahan has been serving the Armenian Church since his childhood years, first as an acolyte then as a subdeacon, deacon and assistant organist at the St. Gregory Cathedral of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon his graduation from St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries, Fr. Vahan joined the Monastic Order of Holy Etchmiadzin and was ordained celibate priest, Apegha, in 1990. Four years later he was elevated to the rank of Vartabed (Doctor of Faith). The rank of Dzayrakuyn Vartabed (Chief Doctor of Faith) was bestowed upon him in 2006, after successfully defending his Dzayrakuyn Vartabedagan thesis, “The New Testament Apocrypha in the Armenian Church,” in Armenian in the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. Bishop Vahan is the author of numerous articles and books in the fields of biblical studies, theology and Armenian Church history. His doctoral dissertation was published by Peter Lang Inc., in New York (2000). Among his other publications are the book, In Remembrance of the Lord: Biblical Introduction, Historical Review and Contemporary Commentary, commissioned by Abp. Khajag Brasamian, the primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (2008); Exegesis and Hermeneutics in the Churches of the East (2009); and The Old Testament As Authoritative Scripture in the Churches of the East (2010). He is also the General Editor of the Bible in the Christian Orthodox Tradition series for Peter Lang Publishers. By the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Bishop Vahan organized and chaired the very first international conference on the Armenian Bible held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in October 2005. Bishop Vahan is a member of many academic and ecclesiastical organizations including the “Orthodox Theological Society in America,” “Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne,” “Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes,” and the “Society of Biblical Literature,” where he serves as the chairman of the unit, “Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions.” Upon his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Vahan briefly served at the Armenian Diocese of Iraq in Baghdad and Mosul. In the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America he served as the visiting parish priest of Holy Cross, New York (1991-92), the Acting Canon Sacrist of St. Vartan Cathedral (1992-93), the pastor of the St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey (1993-99), the Interim Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York (1999-2000), and the Pastor of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs (2000-2010). He holds a visiting professorship at the Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the Seminary of the Coptic Archdiocese in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. In 2009, Bishop Vahan was inducted in the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, for teaching excellence. Bishop Vahan was elected Primate of the Armenian Church in the United Kingdom on the 14th of December 2009 and his election was ratified by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, on the 29th of December, 2009. He was ordaned raised to the rank of Bishop on November 6th 2011. Primate’s Office Tel. 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Friday, 15 August 2014

DIOCESE OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND E-Newsletter of the Armenian Church of UK and Ireland, Issue 33

ԱՌԱՋՆՈՐԴՈՒԹԻՒՆ.ՀԱՅՈՑ.ՄԵԾՆ.ԲՐԻԴԱՆԻՈՅ.ԵՒ.ԻՐԼԱՆՏԱՅԻ DIOCESE OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Տ. Վահան.Եպս..Յովհաննէսեան,.Հայրապետական.Պատուիրակ.եւ.Առաջնորդ The Right Revd Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate and Pontifical Legate Issues 33, Volume 5 PILGRIMAGE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 5 SEPTEMBER Due to the popular demand on the details of the forthcoming Pilgrimage to Holy Etchmiadzin and Armenia, and in order to allow our people ample time to explore the details of the Pilgrimage programme, the Primate’s  Office extended the deadline of the registration for the Pilgrimage to 5 September. The Pilgrimage, 15-22 October, will include visits to the Mother See as well as historic sites and shrines including Lake Sevan, the Monastery of Datev, the underground church of Geghart, the tomb of St Mesrob and other. The pilgrimage, including airfare, hotel transfer in Yerevan, lodging in luxury hotels, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as admission to all facilities and programmes including a night at Yerevan Opera House costs: £950.00 for private/single room and £830.00 for shared room/2-in-one room. To register for the pilgrimage, please send a deposit of £300 to the Primate’s  Office, c/o Hye Doon, 25 Cheniston Gardens, London W8 6TG no later 5 September. For more info: 0208 127 8364. Cheque payable to: The Armenian Church Trust UK. ASSUMPTION OF MARY CELEBRATED IN UK AND IRELAND This Sunday, 17 August, His Grace Bp Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary at St Sarkis Church in London, scheduled at 11:00am. The Feast, as discussed in previous issues of this E-Newsletter, celebrates the ancient tradition of the assuming of the body of the Holy Virgin following her death to Heaven. Following Badarak, the Primate will lead a procession to outside the Church where the service of the Blessing of the Grapes will take place. The same services will be celebrated by Fr Aren Shaheenian in St Yeghiche Church, London, and Fr Garegin Hambardzumyan in Holy Trinity Church, Manchester. Meanwhile, a special service of the Blessing of the Grapes is scheduled at the Dublin Armenian Parish on Sunday, 30 August in Taney Parish, 2L39pm. SOUVENIR OF THE FESTIVAL – ARSEN GRIGORYAN’S CD Echoes of the very successful fourth annual Armenian Street Festival in London, Sunday 3 August,  sponsored  by  the  Primate’s  Office  of  the  Diocese  of  the  Armenian  Church  of  the  UK  and   Ireland, are still roaring all over the world. If for any reason you were not able to come to the Festival, we are happy to share with you a Special Release CD of the main entertainer of the Festival, Armenia’s  popular  folk-singer Arsen Grigoryan (Mrro). A graduate of Komitas State Conservatory, the faculty of Folk Music, and the recipient of many awards including: ‘The Best National Singer’ Public TV, and the ‘Garegin Nzhdeh’ order by the Minister of Defence of RA Seiran Ohanyan (2009), Mr Grigoryan flew from Armenia exclusively to entertain us at the Festival. You can see him performing live in our video clip published a week ago, which already has over 1000 viewers. His most recent CD can be purchased from the Armenian Gift Shop by clicking here or visiting the Armenian Gift Shop at: www.armeniangiftshop.org. 15 August, 2014 PRIMATE ADDRESSES PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ By the invitation of His Eminence Abp Athanasius Toma Dawood, Primate of the Diocese of Syrian Orthodox Church in the UK, HG Bp Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, was the guest speaker at a special church service and a requiem for the souls of the recently martyred Christians in Iraq. In his address, the Primate highlighted the Biblical teachings about persecution and answered questions such as why God does not intervene to help the suffering Christians. A few weeks ago, as published in the E-Newsletter, Bp Vahan addressed two letters, one to His Grace Dr Justin Welbey (Lambeth) and the other to H. E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Westminister), in which the Primate exhorted the two Church leaders to join him in raising voices together for peace and security in the region. Recently, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby, issued a statement,  emphasizing  that  “What  we  are  seeing  in  Iraq  violates  brutally  people's  right  to  freedom   of  religion  &  belief.’  Click here to read the entire statement. Click  here  to  watch  Bp  Vahan’s  talk. THE ST SARKIS PARISH SUMMER GARDEN BBQ The St Sarkis Parish Council invites its parishioners and the Armenian community of London and their friends to its second annual St Sarkis Parish Summer Garden BBQ which will take place on Saturday, 23rd August 2914, starting at 3:00pm onward. Come and join the beautiful fellowship, Armenian music, song and dance, Khorovadz, Armenian BBQ, lamb, pork and chicken, cigar tavern and much more. A donation of £10 per person will help defray the cost of the food and drinks to be served at the garden picnic. Booking in advance is strongly recommended to make sure enough food and drinks are available for all. Please book in advance by telephoning the St Sarkis Church Office on 0207 937 0152 Come enjoy and evening with fellow Armenians and meet new friends. All are welcome. For more information about the Summer Garden BBQ or any other programmes and activities of the St Sarkis Parish Council or to be a dues-paying member of the Parish please e-mail: info@stsarkisparish.co.uk. PRIMATE DISCUSSES SANCTIFICATION OF GENOCIDE MARTYRS By the invitation of Prof. Boghos Levon Zekiyan, Chair of Armenian Studies of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and professor of Armenian Church Institutions at the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome, HG Bp Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, was a guest   speaker   at   this   year’s   ‘Intensive  Summer  Course  of  Armenian  Language  and  Culture’  of  the  University.  Over  50 young men and women from different countries gathered in Venice to participate in this programme in order to improve their Armenian language skills and to learn more about the Armenian people. The  title  of  Bp  Vahan’s lecture on Wednesday, 13 August, was  ‘Canonisation of the Martyrs of the 1915   Armenian   Genocide’   where   he   offered   a   brief   historical   review   of   the   process   and   highlighted   several   of   the   challenges   facing   the   canonization   process.   The   Primate’s   lecture   was   followed by a period of questions and answers and general discussion. Professor Zekiyan thanked Bp Vahan for his enlightening talk and presented him with a token of their appreciation. WRAP UP MEETING OF THE 2014 FESTIVAL COMMITTEE Last Monday, 11 August, a joyful group of volunteers representing various Armenian organization and   members   of   the   Armenian   Street   Festival   of   the   Primate’s   Office   met   in   Nevart   Gulbenkian   Hall for a wrap up meeting. The meeting, presided over by the Primate, started with a prayer following which the Primate thanked the volunteers, including Chairman Dick Bedrossian, and all the Armenian Organisations which contributed to the success of the Festival as well as the individuals who financially supported the Festival. His Grace then invited all to comment on their own  experience  of  the  Festival  and  to  make  constructive  suggestions  to  help  improve  next  year’s   Festival.   The   observations   were   recorded   by   Hrachik   Sarian,   Primate’s   Office   Administrator.   As announced earlier, the Primate has already appointed a Festival Committee, which has planned and executed   this   year’s   Festival   with   the   Primate’s   Office   staff.   The   committee   will   meet   soon   to   study the observations and use them to start preparing for next  year’s  Festival,  which  will  have  a   special meaning being the Festival of the 100 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. ANNOUNCEMENTS:  BIBLE STUDY: There will be NO Bible Study session this Thursday, 21 August. Will resume the following week.  VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITAL of  Virtuoso  Favourites  at  St  John’s  Smith  Square  Ani  Batikian,  violin;;  Benjamin   Frith, piano Saturday, 6 September, 2014 - 19:30  DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? You can continue shopping online and helping the Diocese of the Armenian Church without spending extra penny. Go to easyfundraising.com. There are no catches and it's completely free to use. http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/26OYUG/ Please  make  sure  to  choose  the  ‘Armenian  Church  Trust  UK’  as   the charity you want to support. Have fun shoping and thank you for supporting the Armenian Church.  SUPPORT THE ARMENIAN CHURCH IN UK: by sending your  donation  payable  to  ‘the  Armenian  Church  Trust   UK’  (ACTUK)  to  the  Primates Office (see below), or click here. Remember the Armenian Church in your will. The  Primate’s  Office,  Hye Doon, 25 Cheniston Gardens, Kensington, London W8 6TG – 0208 127 8364 – primatesoffice@armenianchurch.co.uk

Thursday, 14 August 2014

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Recent Articles from The Armenian Weekly...

A Tribute to Native American Culture: The 91st Nipmuc Nation Powwow One Criterion: Being Armenian Sassounian: Turkic Groups Fund Questionable Congressional Trips to Azerbaijan Richard Bazarian Served His Heritage Well 4th International Medical Congress of Armenia to Be Held July 2-4, 2015 Armenians and Assyrians Team Up to Condemn Attacks on Communities in Middle East Between Sultan and Ataturk: Erdogan Wins Turkey’s Presidential Race Search Armenian Weekly A Tribute to Native American Culture: The 91st Nipmuc Nation Powwow GRAFTON, Mass. (A.W.)—The Nipmuc Nation, a Northeastern native community, held its annual Powwow at the Hassanamesit Reservation in Grafton on July 27. A scene from the Powwow (photo by Fiona Guitard) David Tall Pine White, the emcee of the powwow, told the Weekly that the most important aspects of organizing a Powwow are the people and the land: “Having a vast community network and a deep historical and ancestral native background is key to the foundation of the event. Making a connection to the land itself is a vital part of the process as well.” Powwow participants dancing around the fire (photo by Fiona Guitard) White explains that one dance performed around the fire in the circle of life is the “Round Dance.” “This is when everyone is invited to join hands and dance as one.” The dance is a symbol of the importance of community and “the strength and beauty of the people united, and the common bond we all share,” he said. Another dance is the “Sneak Up”:... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • One Criterion: Being Armenian Armenians around the world are preparing to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The official day of commemoration is April 24, 2015 as April 24, 1915 was the Kristallnacht of the Armenian Genocide. It was the evening that the Turkish Ottoman Government arrested 250 Armenian artists and leaders, many of whom were subsequently killed. It was also the night that the same government arrested 5,000 migrant male Armenian workers trying to eke out meager livings in Istanbul. These folks all disappeared. After that fateful night, the government systematically killed and deported most of the Armenian population from what is today the Republic of Turkey. It was a brutal and heinous ethnic cleansing of people from their ancestral homelands. It was Genocide. In the Genocide, the Turks had one criterion which they applied in a most uniform manner. The criterion was simply one question: Are you Armenian? If the answer was yes, you qualified. You qualified to be slaughtered... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Sassounian: Turkic Groups Fund Questionable Congressional Trips to Azerbaijan The international media is replete these days with scandalous stories about European and American politicians being wined and dined in Azerbaijan and Turkey, for self-serving ulterior motives. The latest such exposé, published by the Houston Chronicle on July 27, was titled: “Congress Members’ Trips Raise Red Flags.” The article revealed that five Turkic non-profit groups spent $274,459 for the lavish travel of 10 members of Congress and 35 staffers to Azerbaijan in May 2013. The funds were contributed by: —Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (Houston): $101,680 —Turkish American Federation of the Midwest (Chicago): $68,324 —Turkic American Alliance (Washington, DC): $52,975 —Turkic American Federation of the Southeast (Atlanta): $26,550 —Council of Turkic American Associations (New York): $24,930 The ten members of Congress travelling to Baku on all-expenses-paid trip were: —Danny Davis (D-IL): $24,084 —Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX): $19,962... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Richard Bazarian Served His Heritage Well HAVERHILL, Mass.—Richard K. Bazarian didn’t let his disease stand in the way of service to his beloved Armenian community. With pancreatic cancer ravaging his body, he continued to show up at genocide commemorations and other community events before death on July 23. He was two days short of his 73rd birthday. Three generations: Richard Bazarian attended his last genocide commemoration May 10 in Lowell, joined by Nellie Nazarian, who preceded him in death as the last survivor in Merrimack Valley, and 12-year-old Datev Gevorkian. (Photo by Tom Vartabedian) Despite the pain and discomfort, which he kept to himself, Bazarian traveled to genocide committee meetings, kept singing in his church choir, and remained a devoted Knight of Vartan to the very end. He didn’t want it any other way. “If you didn’t know, you never realized he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” said his close friend, Gary Koltookian. “He was in a weakened condition on the day of a monument dedication and... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • 4th International Medical Congress of Armenia to Be Held July 2-4, 2015 The 4th International Medical Congress of Armenia (IMCA) will take place from July 2-4, 2015, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health of Armenia and the Armenian Medical International Committee (AMIC), and will address some of the most vital issues facing health care today. We talked about the purpose, features, and thematic emphasis of the Congress with Prof. Ara Babloyan, the chairman of the Committee of Health Care, Maternity, and Childhood of the National Assembly of Armenia and president of the Congress. Prof. Ara Babloyan, chairman of the Committee of Health Care, Maternity, and Childhood of the National Assembly of Armenia and president of the Congress Q: Mr. Babloyan, taking into consideration the history of the Congress, what are the features for the 4th International Medical Congress of Armenia? A: On the one hand, the Congress of 2015 continues the themes of the previous congresses, as it the 4th one in Armenia. On the other hand, the Congress of 2015 is... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Armenians and Assyrians Team Up to Condemn Attacks on Communities in Middle East Protest at United Nations calls on international community to stop violence in Syria and Iraq NEW YORK, N.Y.—Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA ER) activists joined with leaders of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syriac communities to rally international support for ending targeted attacks against their brethren in Iraq and Syria during a peaceful protest held in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Assyrian Priests (third and fourth from the left) pictured with some of the ANCA Eastern Region activists in attendance The ANCA Eastern Region’s Armen Sahakyan offered powerful remarks citing Armenian American solidarity with the Assyrian community, noting that today’s violence harkens back to Turkey’s genocide and exile of over 3 million Armenian, Pontian Greek and Assyrian Christians from 1915-1923. Sahakyan went on to urge greater international effort to end the violence against these beleaguered communities, initiated by... Read More » • Email to a friend • Article Search • Between Sultan and Ataturk: Erdogan Wins Turkey’s Presidential Race ANKARA (A.W.)—On Aug. 10, the Republic of Turkey held direct presidential elections for the first time in its 91-year history, won by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previously, incumbent Abdullah Gul and his ten predecessors had all been elected by Turkey’s Grand National Assembly. The change to a direct vote came after a push by Erdogan, who was also the front-runner coming into the election. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Aug. 10 (Photo by Nanore Barsoumian, The Armenian Weekly) Erdogan and his right-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) were running against independent Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). A former professor and Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ihsanoglu was nominated by Turkey’s two largest opposition parties, with the idea of drawing some religious voters from Erdogan. Demirtas, the... 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