Demand of Catholicosate of Great House of Cilicia Voiced in Sis Catholicosate


On August 22, 2015, a delegation representing the brotherhood of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia left for the Sis Catholicosate with the blessing of His Holiness Aram I. A requiem service was held in Sis for the blessed souls of deceased Catholicoi who lived and served at the Catholicosate of Sis from 1293-1915. Then the pontifical message of His Holiness Aram I was read. It is highly important to note that it was the first time in the last 100 years that a pontifical message was delivered to our people from the ruins of the Catholicosate in Sis. In his message the Pontiff referred to the Armenian Genocide, and His demand for the return of the Sis Catholicosate to its rightful owner, the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.

His Holiness also reaffirmed the commitment of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia to the sacred legacy of the Armenian martyrs.

On April 27, 2015, a lawsuit was filed by the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia to the Constitutional Court of Turkey, demanding the return of the centuries old Catholicosate in Sis to the Armenian Church.

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