The Armenian community of Turkey on Sunday is bidding farewell to the late Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan, the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople.
On the same day, Patriarch Mutafyan will be laid to rest at the Armenian cemetery in Şişli district of Istanbul.
He passed away on March 8 in Istanbul, aged 63, and after a long illness.
Mutafyan was bedridden for numerous years, and was unable to perform his duties as the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople.
As a result, and by the decision of the Turkish government, Archbishop Aram Ateşyan was appointed General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The live broadcast of Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan’s funeral can be viewed here.