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Armenian president meets with Pontiff

Catholic World News - December 12, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on December 12 with President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and with that country’s foreign minister, Edward Nalbadian.

A statement released by the Vatican after the meeting indicated that the “cordial discussions” had centered on Church-state relations, and especially on the public work of the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Vatican has enjoyed close relations with the Armenian Apostolic Church in recent years, signing joint statements that have eliminated most of the doctrinal differences between the two faiths.

President Sarkisian’s press office said that the Armenian leader had agreed with the Pontiff on “the importance of bringing up generations in the spirit of Christian values."

President Sarkisian issued a reminder that both he and Catholicos Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, have invited Pope Benedict to visit Armenia. The Pontiff has not responded directly to that invitation.

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