One of the highlights of the pontifical visit to the Eastern United States was His Holiness Catholicos Aram I’s opening prayer at the U.S. House of Representatives on November 9.
His prayer evoked the violence and polarization reigning in the world today, and invoked the suffering of the Armenians of Artsakh, forcibly displaced from their historical land by the genocidal regime of Azerbaijan.
Before the prayer, His Holiness met House speaker Mike Johnson and Representative Adam Schiff. During the reception in his honor, the Catholicos met Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi; Democratic Minority Whip Katherine Clark, and several congresspersons. The question of Artsakh, the difficulties confronted by Armenia, and the Palestinian crisis were subjects of the conversation.