Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Armenian chapel inside the Church.
In the Armenian Chapel Pompeo lit a candle after which the Armenian Superior of the Holy Sepulcher Church Reverend Samvel Aghoyan welcomed him on behalf of Jerusalem Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian and the St. James Brotherhood, according to a Facebook post by the Patriarchate’s Archimandrite Koryun Baghdasarian.
“We wish success in all your efforts to establish peace in the region, so that all the nations and followers of different religions can live in a peaceful and prosperous region,” Rev. Aghoyan told Pompeo.
In 2017, President Donald Trump also visited the Armenian chapel at the Holy Sepulcher Church where he and the First Lady, Melania Trump, were treated to a musical interlude by the choir of the Armenian Seminary of Jerusalem and a report on the Armenian Church and Armenia from Archbishop Sevan Gharibian, the Vicar General of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.