ETCHMIADZIN–His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenia’s departed Sunday for the United States to pay a pontifical visit to the Armenian Dioceses of North America.
From Sunday until Tuesday, Karekin II will visit the Western Diocese and preside over the celebrations dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese. The Armenian Pontiff will also consecrate the Main Altar of the newly constructed St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Pasadena, and preside during the inauguration ceremony of the Daghlian Cultural Center of the Armenian community of Hollywood at the St. John Armenian Church.
From October 3 to November 2, the Catholicos will visit the Eastern Diocese. During this Pontifical visit His Holiness will visit different Armenian communities and parishes throughout the Eastern United States, meeting with the faithful, Parish Leadership and Youth Groups. Additionally, he will hold meetings with various ecumenical and inter-church organizations and individuals as well as government heads and officials.