His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, has declared 2018 “The Year of Independence” to mark the centennial anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment of the First Republic, Press Service of the Catholicate of Cilicia reports.
Aram I’s Pontifical Encyclical was read on Sunday, Jan. 14, during the Holy Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, as well as and in all Armenian Orthodox dioceses and parish churches under the jurisdiction of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.
In the Pontifical Encyclical, His Holiness provides a brief account on the events that led to the creation of independence and highlights the fact that the Armenian Church had a significant role in the creation of Armenia’s independence.
“Centuries of history testify that regimes are temporary—nations with their faith, fatherland, and culture are eternal” reads a part of the Encyclical. “The strengthening of Armenia and Artsakh is the foundation of our national unity and vision and our guarantee of our nation’s bright future,” the Encyclical continues.
At the end of the Pontifical Encyclical, His Holiness Aram I urged the Armenian people to dedicate their efforts towards building a stronger Armenia with a strong Artsakh and diaspora.