Armenian youth must gather around our national values, becoming an active part of national and community life, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I said in his address to the participants of an advisory conference call organized on Friday, May 14, by the Youth Committee of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia. The videoconference was attended by young women and men from different parishes and regions as well as the Cilician brotherhood members of the Youth Committee.

Prior to inviting His Holiness to deliver his message to participants, His Grace Bishop Mesrob Sarkissian, head of the Youth Committee, explained that the pandemic had restricted the ability of this body to put into practice the recommendations adopted in the advisory meeting that took place in Antelias in 2019.

The Catholicos said that in our globalized world youth often find that our community structures may be too attached to traditional ways, preventing a more active involvement by them. Youth, His Holiness said, have a vital role in the renewal of our church and national life.

In this regard, he urged Armenian organizations to adopt the format of forums and dialogues that are common nowadays. He stressed that Armenians should profit from these avenues of cooperation to gather our youth around fundamental national values and principles.

The Catholicos left the meeting upon delivering his remarks and the virtual floor opened to a lively discussion among participants about different approaches to attain these goals.