Today, at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians hosted Member of the House of Lords, Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr. Christopher Cocksworth, who was accompanied by Primate of the Armenian Church in the UK and Ireland, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, as reported the Information System of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
His Holiness welcomed Bishop Christopher’s visit to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and expressed his appreciation to him for the support that he has provided to the Armenian people in this difficult period, especially his efforts for the release of Armenian prisoners of war and protection of Armenian shrines.
In his turn, Bishop Christopher said he was glad to have the opportunity to visit Armenia. Touching upon the dire losses that the war caused, he expressed his grief, as well as his support to the Catholicos of All Armenians and informed about the special events and ceremonies that were hosted at the main cathedral of Coventry. He also expressed satisfaction with the close partnership between the Armenian Church in the UK and the Armenian community.
During the conversation, His Holiness Karekin II and the Member of the House of Lords thoroughly discussed the post-war situation, the security of borderline settlements of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia and the return of Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan. They particularly touched upon the destruction and appropriation of Armenian spiritual and cultural heritage in the territories of Artsakh that are now under Azerbaijan’s control and, in this regard, the Catholicos of All Armenians shared his concerns.