Armenian Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem dies

His Grace, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Europe sent a message of condolence today to our Christian brethren of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem upon hearing of the passing of His Beatitude, Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, 96th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, “memory eternal” and for whom we pray “requiescat in pace”.

“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” (John 11:25)

Armenians of Palestine are united in sorrow with the worldwide Armenian Orthodox Community and especially with their Armenian Patriarchate and community of the Holy Land over the death of their Patriarch Torkom Manoohgian, whom the Lord has called from this life.

May the Lord of life welcome in peace this son who has long served the Armenian Church of the Holy Land with dedication.

On October 12 Vicar of the Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Nurhan Manoukyan informed Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II that after long illness at the age of 93 Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Rev. Archbishop Torkom Manoukyan died.

As Information Centre of the Mother See informed “Armenpress”, Catholicos of All Armenians, Supreme Spiritual Council and all clergymen of Armenian Apostolic Church are mourning over the loss of merited Holy Father Patriarch and praying to God to grant consolation of Holy Ghost to our Christian people and bless Armenian Patriarchy of Jerusalem and its brethren.

Honourable Rev. Archbishop Torkom Manoukyan was born in Northern Baghdad (Iraq) on February 16, 1919 and after receiving elementary education at Armenian school of Holy Translators he entered St. James’s seminary of Armenian Patriarchy of Jerusalem.

Torkom Patriarch could exert his authority over development of international ecumenical relations. He was a chairman of “Religion in American Life” Council. He also was a member of the council of directors of “Call of Conscience” foundation.

He was author of more than 20 monographs including three books of poetry, study on Armenian Divine Liturgy, books dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and detailed guide to the holy places of Jerusalem. The deceased Patriarch was a prominent expert on Komitas.

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