13/11/2021

Middle East Council of Churches delegation visits new Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian in Beirut

BEIRUT – A delegation from the General Secretariat of the Middle East Council of Churches visited the Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, at the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia headquarters in Beirut.

The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to congratulate the new Catholicos Patriarch on his recent election as patriarch, and to discuss the relationship between the Council and the Armenian Catholic Church.  

During the meeting, the Council and the Armenian Catholic Church reviewed their bilateral ties, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Churches, Michel Abs, briefed the new Patriarch on the preparations underway for the Council’s General Assembly in Egypt in May 2022.

They also touched on the Council’s role in preparations for the establishment of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which will take place in January.

Father Tanios Khalil, head of the Association of Theological Institutes and Faculties in the Middle East, asked Patriarch Minassian to host the opening prayer ceremony at St. Elias Church in Beirut. The closing prayer be hosted by the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

The Middle East Council of Churches is a member of the World Council of Church and was established in 1974. In 1990 the Catholic Churches which have their basis in the Middle East joint.

The Syriac churches which are members of the MECC are the Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Syriac Maronite, Syriac Melkite, Syriac Chaldean Catholic churches, and Syriac Protestant denominations. The Syriac Assyrian Church of the East and the Syriac Ancient Church of the East are not members although the (Assyrian) Church of the East is a member of the World Council of Churches.