PRELACY DAY OF THANKS RECEIVES BRISK RESPONSE;CHARITABLE PROGRAMS IN ARMENIA AND ARTSAKH WILL BE FOCUS
TURKEY’S INVASION OF NORTHERN SYRIA CONDEMNED;CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES
|International condemnation and threat of more sanctions have failed to stop Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria. Human rights groups have stated that Christians in the Middle East face new threats due to recent developments. The Washington DC based organization, “In Defense of Christians,” has taken a strong position against the latest Turkish actions, as have others.|
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, is in constant contact with the Catholicosal Vicar, Rev. Fr. Levon Yeghiayan in the midst of the Turkish military offensive in Syria and the humanitarian catastrophe it is causing.
Father Levon informed His Holiness that as of now the Armenian populated area of Qamishli, near the Turkish border, is not under immediate danger. A number of Armenian families who live in nearby areas have witnessed and been affected by the Turkish bombardments.
His Holiness has put a certain amount of money at the disposal of Father Levon and the Qamishli community to provide for the needs of families in need.
Take a stand against Turkey’s invasion in northern Syria. Write to your Senators and Representatives to impose the strongest possible sanctions on Turkey and to pass the Armenian Genocide Legislation (S. Res. 150 and H. Res. 296). If needed, sample letters are available on the websites of the Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian Assembly.
|The Eastern Prelacy is accepting monetary donations that will be forwarded to His Holiness specifically for relief aid for families affected by this latest incursion by Turkey. Checks should be payable to Armenian Apostolic Church of America and mailed to the Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016. Please indicate “Syrian Armenian Relief” in the memo area.|
Archbishop Anoushavan is in California where he and the Prelates of the Western Prelacy Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and the Canadian Prelacy Archbishop Papken Tcharian are presiding over the joint Clergy Conference that is taking place this week at Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello, California on the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Translators.