Harry Hagopian's blog

Coming to terms with the paradoxes of the Pope

Coming to terms with the paradoxes of the Pope

Like many people, I have spent some time in recent weeks caught up in the media-fest that has accompanied the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope Francis.

Lent: choosing which instincts to nourish

Lent: choosing which instincts to nourish

Recently, Fr Vazken Movsesian, priest of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the USA, and wise guide to many followers and bloggers across five continents, reminded us of an instructive (and familiar) story.

The Chaldean Patriarch: good news from Iraq

The Chaldean Patriarch: good news from Iraq

Archbishop Louis Sako was elected the new Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon yesterday (1 February 2013).

The Armenian Genocide: On not forgetting

The Armenian Genocide: On not forgetting

Today (27 January 2013) is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) with the theme “Communities Together: Build a Bridge”, when we remember the Nazi Holocaust as well as other acts of genocide in human history su

A new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem: what does it mean?

A new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem: what does it mean?

As many church leaders, organisations and individuals have learnt already, Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian was elected earlier today (24 January 2013) as the 97th patriarch of the Armenian Church in the Holy Land (Jordan, Israel and Palestine).

The use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible by Barack Obama

The use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible by Barack Obama

In a previous blog (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17832), I noted the significant coincidence of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama ('Obama, MLK and the dream of a better world').

Obama, MLK and the dream of a better world

Many people know that today is an important day not only for the United States but also our world, since it is President Obama's second inauguration in Washington DC.

A time of decision for Jerusalemite Armenians

A time of decision for Jerusalemite Armenians

In a few days' time, we will learn the name of the new Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem. Four or five names have been see-sawing in the consciousness of those following these developments for many long weeks already. But the haze of speculation will finally be removed with the elections and actual votes of the members of the St James Brotherhood (36 in all).

Reviewing the 'Arab awakening' in 2012

Reviewing the 'Arab awakening' in 2012

To start 2013, I will be taking part in a special broadcast looking at the sweep of change across the Middle East and North Africa in 2012. The details are as follows.

Reflecting on the Middle East at Christmastide

Reflecting on the Middle East at Christmastide

We are so close to the joy of Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are therefore with countless friends, Christian and otherwise, across the Middle East and North Africa region.