SYDNEY–Australia–The Primate of Australia and New Zealand Archbishop Aghan Baliozian reported that one of his parishioners–Indian-Armenian Malcolm Sukias recently informed him that several Armenian religious relics were sold in auction in October of last year.
Arch. Baliozian stated that Sukias bought two artifacts at an auction in Sydney at a "low price," and phoned the Diocese to inform the Primate of his desire to present those as a gift to the Diocese–since he thought the relics belonged to the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
The artifacts–a goblet and a vanity bowl used during church services–arrived to Sydney from Brisbane where it was purchased from an unidentified individual.
The relics each have inscriptions dating back to the 1700’s. After careful review of the inscriptions and the artifacts–it became evident that the antique piece belonged to the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
Arch. Baliozian told Sukias that the Diocese would graciously accept the relics–however–it would be more appropriate if the artifacts were returned to their rightful owner. Following Sukias’ consent–Arch. Baliozian contacted the Jerusalem Patriarch–Arch. Torkom Manougian and informed him of the discovery of the relics.
The artifacts are scheduled to be transported to Jerusalem in the near future.