ANTELIAS–The government of Rwanda has invited His Holiness Catholicos Aram I to participate in the 10th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The event–which will take place in the capital city Kigali–will be held April18-2.
In a letter inviting Catholicos Aram I–foreign minister of Rwanda Dr. Charles Murigande writes–"You stood by the people of Rwanda as they struggled to deal with the terrible consequences of genocide. Join us to reflect on how to prevent and banish genocide for ever through active universal solidarity."
Catholicos Aram I will address an international conference on "Genocides in the 20th century and lessons to humanity," as well as an ecumenical worship to be held at the Kigali stadium–and will meet the president of Rwanda and church leaders.
According to the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia–His Holiness will present the issue of genocide–referring to the Armenian Genocide as the first Genocide of the 20th century–and the Rwandan genocide as the last.
A high ranking delegation will accompany the Armenian Catholicos–including the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Dr. Sam Kobia–the director of the Department on Africa affairs Dr. Andre Karamagali–the General Secretary of All Africa Council of Churches Bishop Dandala–WCC Church Relations Director Teny Pirri-Simoniana–and the Director of the Catholicosate’s Information and communication Department Rev. Krikor Chiftjian.
His Holiness will also travel to Nairobi–Kenya to present a public lecture on "The challenges facing the ecumenical movement and Africa," and to meet with the president and church leaders–visit the headquarters of all Africa Council of Churches–and present an ecumenical workshop.