Tag: Armenia

Of Borders and Bishops
Religion and Politics

Of Borders and Bishops The “Tavush for the Homeland” Movement in Armenia

After the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020, when Azerbaijan gained control of half the territory of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh and the territory surrounding it, the actual border between Armenia and Azerbaijan lengthened significantly. Following the war, also known as the 44-Day War, Azerbaijan used its new advantage to blockade what was left of…

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Echoes of History: Exploring the Historic Encounter of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Zareh I Catholicos
Church History, Inter-Orthodox Relations

Echoes of History: Exploring the Historic Encounter of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Zareh I Catholicos

Historical imagery has always fascinated me for the significant value it holds for research and inquiry. In my research attempts to explore photographs depicting historical moments, I came across the December 1959 edition of the official magazine of the Armenian Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, “Hasg,” through which a striking photograph of two…

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Persecuting Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh)
Religion and Conflict

Persecuting Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh)

As I pen down these words in my office at the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia, it’s heartrending to acknowledge that over 120,000 Armenian individuals, including children in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) within the South Caucasus, are facing the dire fate of starvation. Unlike many other instances of famine, this crisis has been…

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Besieged Armenian Orthodox in Artsakh Pray for Their Enemies
Christian Practice

Besieged Armenian Orthodox in Artsakh Pray for Their Enemies

ქართული | Ελληνικά | Српски Born and raised in the United States, it was a blessing never to have experienced war firsthand. War was something that happened “over there”—not at home.  Certain liturgical prayers were thankfully not immediately relevant, such as, “For the freeing of our captive brothers,” following the diptychs in the Armenian Orthodox…

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Eliminating Armenians from Artsakh: Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Perpetual War against Armenia
Religion and Politics

Eliminating Armenians from Artsakh: Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Perpetual War against Armenia We Cannot Afford the Media's False Equivalences

български | Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски Note: Because of the urgency of the current situation in Armenia and Azerbaijan and the importance of providing reliable background information, the following essay is an exception to our typical length and op-ed format and includes an extensive excerpt from an academic journal article. Since Sunday,…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis’s Visit to Armenia: A Bridge Out of Isolation

Ahead of Pope Francis’s recent visit to Armenia (June 24-26), there was much speculation as to whether he would again use the word “genocide” in reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The prepared remarks, released by the Vatican, appeared to omit that politically charged designation—instead opting for…

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