Catholicosate of Cilicia Files Suit for Return of Historic Sis Property

On Tuesday April 28, 2015, the Catholicosate of Cilicia submitted a brief to the Constitutional Court in Turkey requesting the return of its historic spiritual center in Sis. In initiating this effort, His Holiness Aram I is setting a precedent for descendants of the martyrs to reclaim their family belongings.

The Catholicosate’s St. Sophia church and monastery, and their surrounding lands, are located in the city of Kozan, in the Adana Province of the present-day Republic of Turkey. This headquarters, a center of Armenian religious life for more than seven centuries, was confiscated by the Turkish Government during the Armenian Genocide.

On Wednesday, April 29, leaders and lawyers representing the Catholicosate of Cilicia held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. outlining the lawsuit. A second press conference will soon be held in Geneva. For the latest updates on this and other news from the Catholicosate of Cilicia, please visit

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