ECHMIADZIN (Noyan Tapan)–Karekin II–the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia’s–ended his pontifical visit to the Shirak diocese Sunday.
During the last three days of his visit Catholicos Karekin II visited Artik–Maralik and Gumri. In these towns he visited educational and cultural establishmen’s and held numerous public meetings.
His Holiness visited a reformatory in Artik. He offered his benediction to the prisoners and hoped for each of them to lead an honest and decent life both in prison and at large–opening their minds and hearts to Jesus Christ. His Holiness granted spiritual literature to the reformatory.
In Maralik–His Holiness participated in the ceremony of unveiling a monument-khachkar dedicated to the victims of the war in Karabakh.
During a liturgy performed on the occasion of the Vardavar festival–Karekin II urged the people of Gumri to look into the future with faith.
During his pontifical visit–Karekin II decorated clerics of the Shirak diocese with awards.