How the new Jerusalem Patriarch was elected

By Press Office
February 1, 2013

International lawyer and ecumenical consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is an active Ekklesia associate and contributor, talks here to CivilNet TV (in Yerevan, Armenia) about the process of electing an Armenian patriarch in Jerusalem.

The interview looks at the context of relations between the three entities (Jordan, Palestine and Israel and the Armenian Church), and the challenges and responsibilities the new patriarch will face surrounded by differing competing religious traditions and denominations in the Holy Land.

You can view this segment online here:

This is the first of two broadcasts. The second one, which will be available next week (after Tuesday 5 February) will focus on vision and the future. CivilNet TV is also tweetable on @CivilNetTV.

There is more on the new patriarch, including further commentary, here:

Harry Hagopian is also an EU political consultant, a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. His writings on Ekklesia are available at

Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, Dr Hagopian is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. His own website is and you can follow him on Twitter here @harryhagopian

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