His Holiness Catholicos Aram I met with the leadership of the Armenian community of Lebanon during a visit to Bourdj Hamoud, the Armenian quarter of Beirut, on August 11. The delegation included Armenian lawmakers, an interim cabinet minister, community and political party representatives and journalists.
The meeting, which took place at the Yercho Samuelian-Yerakooyn Hall of the Armenian Prelacy of Lebanon, served as an opportunity for community leaders to voice their concerns about the multiple difficulties faced by Lebanese Armenians as the country goes through an unprecedented political and financial crisis.
His Holiness said that neither the church nor community organizations can remain indifferent to the plight of Lebanese Armenians.
“The Armenians of Lebanon are not an ordinary community; history shows its key role in the life of our people in the Diaspora and, relatively, in Armenia and Artsakh,” the Catholicos said. “Therefore I believe we must continue the work to help the Armenian community of Lebanon get back on its feet.”