Expectations of the new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem

By Press Office
February 10, 2013

In the second of two broadcasts, international lawyer and ecumenical consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is also an Ekklesia associate, talks about the newly elected Archbishop Nurhan Manoogian, 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Dr Hagopian proposes the necessity of a vision to combine the challenges of both geography and demography in order to maintain the development of the Armenian Church in the Holy Land, and he reflects on its status, codified in a centuries old Status Quo agreement.

The first broadcast, on 29 January 2013, was linked on Ekklesia - 'How the new Jerusalem Patriarch was elected' (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17910). It looked 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.

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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 http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian.

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 www.epektasis.net and you can follow him on Twitter here @harryhagopian

* Watch 'Expectations of the new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem' here: http://civilnet.am/?p=119199

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