YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian visited Spitak on December 23 where he attended the ceremony of sanctification of the newly constructed St. Haroutiun Church performed by Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II. The church was built in remembrance of the 1988 earthquake victims. The construction project was funded by the World Council of Churches.
Primate of the Gugark Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Bishop Sepukh Chuljian said that Spitak was returning to life due to its faith and labor. He voiced his firm belief that all economic–political and other crises would be eventually overcome.
The consecration ceremony was followed by a service for the late Catholicos Karekin I and the Mayor of Spitak–member of parliament Suren Avetissian–who died in a car crash two months ago.