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ARMENIANS IN CYPRUS PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE THE 102nd ANNIVERSARY
OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

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Saturday 22 April 3-6pm at Nareg School Nicosia - Blood donation in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:15 am - Cycling in Memory of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Route: Start from the Armenian Church, 47 Armenia street, Strovolos, cycle towards Eleftheria Square, Aghlantzia and return to the starting point. Estimated distance and cycling speed: 20km at 12km/hr suitable for all ages and abilities. Closing ceremony: 11:30 am. Organizer: Cyprus Committee for Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
For information call: Khatchig Kelenjian 99-979128 or Vicken Sarkissian 99-219767.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:30 am - Holy Liturgy and memorial service for 1,500,000 Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Cathedral in Nicosia.
► Sunday, 23 April at 5:30 pm - Nicosia City Centre: Procession from Nicosia city centre (opposite Zena Palace parking lot) to the Limassol Avenue/Armenia street junction and then at 7:00 pm along Armenia street to the Armenian Cathedral in Acropolis where at 7:30 pm Commemoration Ceremony will take place. Laying of wreaths and flowers at the Genocide martyrs’ memorial monument, followed by Holy Liturgy.

 
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AYF members and Homenetmen - AYMA Scouts preparing banners for the march and demonstration. More images here:
 
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ZADIG IN CYPRUS

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Epitaph on Armenia street in Nicosia. Click here for video
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Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian's karoz. Click here
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VARTKES MAHDESSIAN'S
INTERVIEW ON SHANT TV

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Vartkes Mahdessian to Shant TV by clicking here.

 

ARCHBISHOP KHOREN TOGHRAMADJIAN APPOINTED PONTIFICAL VICAR OF CYPRUS

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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – April 2017 - His Holiness Aram I announced the appointment of Archbishop Khoren Toghtamadjian as Pontifical Vicar of Cyprus. The Archbishop assumes this responsibility after serving as Staff Bearer, teacher in the Armenian schools, Supervisor and Vice Dean of the Seminary, Diocesan Bishop of Thessaloniki (1995-2004) and Prelate of the Diocese of Greece (2004-2017).
Catholicos Aram I expressed his confidence that Archbishop Khoren will continue serving the Armenian Church as Pontifical Vicar of Cyprus with the same commitment he has shown in his previous positions.

 

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ARCHBISHOP KHOREN TOGHRAMADJIAN was born in Jbeil (Byblos), Lebanon on 4 March 1965. Having received his elementary education at the historical “Birds’ Nest” school in his hometown, at the age of 12 he was motivated by the newly-elected Coadjutor Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Karekin II, to enter the Seminary in Bikfaya in 1977. In 1981 he was ordained a deacon and in 1984 a celibate priest (Hieromonk), re-named from Arshak (his secular name) to Khoren, in memory of the recently-deceased late Catholicos of Cilicia, Khoren Paroyian; in both cases, he was ordained by the Dean of the Seminary, Archbishop Datev Sarkissian.
Between 1984-1995 he taught at various colleges and institutions in Lebanon and at the Seminary, where he rose to Assistant Dean, and also accompanied Catholicoi Karekin II and Aram I on official visits in the Middle East, Europe and North America, as a mace-bearer, secretary and translator. Since 1984, he has participated in numerous religious and national lectures, seminars, conferences and ecumenical meetings in various countries in the Middle East, Europe and North America.
In 1988, after completing his dissertation on the life and work of Catholicos Papken Gulesserian, he was ordained an Archimandrite by Catholicos Karekin II. He advanced his studies by following a series of courses in Arabic on theology, ecclesiastical history, the New Testament and ritualism at the “Holy Spirit” Catholic University of Kaslik in Lebanon between 1990-1992; after completing his studies, Catholicos Karekin II awarded him in 1992 the right to wear a pectoral cross.
On 5 December 1995 the newly-elected Catholicos of Cilicia, Aram I, appointed him as spiritual shepherd for Thessalonica and Northern Greece. In 1996 he successfully completed a series of Greek language courses at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. In 1998 he was ordained a Senior Archimandrite by the Armenian Archbishop of Tehran, Ardag Manougian. On 29 November 2000 he was appointed Vicar to the Armenian Archbishop of Greece, Sahag Ayvazian, by Archbishop Sahag and the Armenian National Council of Greece. On 2 July 2003, after four years of studies, he received a BA degree with distinction on “History and International Relations” from the “Anatolia” American College in Thessalonica, recognised by Boston University in Massachusetts, USA.
Following the death of Archbishop Sahag Ayvazian, Greece’s Supreme Diocesan Representative Assembly unanimously elected him Armenian Prelate of Greece on 31 January 2004 for a period of 6 years; he was unanimously re-elected in 2010. On 7 March 2004 Catholicos Aram I awarded him the right to wear an episcopal mitre. On 10 April 2005 he was ordained a Bishop by Catholicos Aram I in Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, Lebanon and on 11 January 2014 he was elevated to Archbishop.
While he served in Thessalonica, he continued his teaching work voluntarily at the “Malakian-Kasparian” school in Thessalonica and at the summer camp of Khalkidhiki, while he also made frequent pastoral visits to the various cities of his ecclesiastical province, where he delivered sermons and gave lectures, inspiring his flock and urging them for national and spiritual unity. As a Vicar and later on Prelate of the Armenians in Greece, he also lectured and preached in Athens, various other cities in Greece and in Cyprus. He has published or edited a number of books and has also written several articles in Armenian, Arabic and Greek, published in numerous newspapers and magazines across the Armenian Diaspora. In 2004 he established “Khoran”, the official magazine of the Armenian Prelature of Greece, for which he was the editor-in-chief between 2004-2012, while between 2010-2013 he voluntarily taught Armenian language and literature at the “Djenazian” Gymnasium in Athens.
In February 2017, Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian was appointed Catholicosal Vicar of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus by Catholicos Aram I. He officially assumed his duties on 20 March 2017.

ARMENIA ELECTION RESULTS

Arm. Parl. Elections 2017
Four out of the nine political parties made it into the National Assembly in Armenia’s first general elections since adopting a constitutional reform which extends powers of the legislature and the Prime Minister.
They are the Republican Party of Armenia, headed by current President Serzh Sargsyan, the “Dzarukyan” bloc, the "Yelk" opposition alliance. The only political party with a strong affiliation to the Armenian Diaspora, the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun won seven seats gaining more than 100,000 votes. The Republican Party received 55 seats, the Dzarukyan bloc 31, while Yelk won nine seats.
 
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A mega-budget, feature film with a renowned, Academy Award-winning director - will depict the Armenian Genocide. This monumental film, The Promise, will be released in theaters on April 21.
Produced by the legendary Kirk Kerkorian’s Survival Pictures and directed by Academy Award winner Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise features an outstanding international cast, including Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarafyan, and many more. All proceeds from the film will be donated to non-profit organizations, the first time for a film of this scale.
In the film, it is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul)—its once vibrant, multicultural capital—is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine to Siroun, his ancestral village in southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Meyers (Christian Bale) has come only partly to cover geo-political news. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men, even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive—even as monumental events envelope their lives.
In addition to the all-star cast, acclaimed musician and activist Serj Tankian served as the film’s executive music consultant.
 

INAUGURATION OF GENOCIDE
PARK IN PAPHOS ON 30 APRIL

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Sunday 30 April - Sunday 30 April at 6:30pm – Paphos Memorial Park: Inauguration of the “Armenian Genocide Park” and the unveiling of the cross-stone (khachkar), organised by the Paphos Municipality, the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament, the Armenian community of Paphos, with the participation of Hamazkayin’s “Sipan” and "Ani" Dance Ensembles, Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church Choir and Homenetmen - AYMA 77 Scouts.
 

MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN ADDRESSES THE CYPRUS PARLIAMENT ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION

Click here to read the story on Artsakank online

 

AZNIVE PAPAZIAN'S PAINTING
AND DRAWING EXHIBITION
AT GLORIA GALLERY NICOSIA
ON WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL

 

 

Gloria Gallery will host, from the 26th April to the 9th of May 2017, an extremely interesting and important exhibition of paintings and drawings by Aznive Papazian.

Azinve was born in Cyprus of Armenian parents who took refuge in Cyprus after the Armenian Genocide by the Turks. She started lessons at my School of Art in the early 1980s and from the beginning took art very seriously. As time progressed it was obvious that art took over her whole life, she eventually resigned from her job as a teacher at the Melkonian school and has since then devoted her attention and energy to art.

Aznive manages in an outstanding way to intertwine what she learned at the Art School with choice references to the important art of Armenia going way back and finally focusing on the two great artists Mardiros Sarian and Minas Avedisian.

This gave her the opportunity to develop her own personal style and, I would say, her own touch which is particularly expressive, dynamic and interesting. It is expressionistic moving across a wide spectrum from the figurative to abstract expressionism.

Her subjects are almost always taken from the world surrounding her. People, objects, landscapes or all of them together. It is however interesting that in many instances you recognize the Cypriot landscape and Cypriot element showing itself in her work while at the same time her Armenian roots are there in every stroke of her brush. Both these elements are there in harmony.

I am sure that Aznive Papazian’s exhibition will speak and give artistic pleasure to the art lovers of Nicosia.

This is Aznive’s third personal exhibition.

Andreas Charalambous - Painter

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News in Brief

► According to OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, both the campaign period and referendum vote in Turkey “failed in numerous ways to live up to international standards for democratic practices”.
► Cher has called on the UK Government to recognise as Genocide the mass killing of Armenians during the First World War. The 70-year-old star, whose father was Armenian-American, criticised Britain’s refusal to use the term to describe the 1915 atrocities when she attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise.
► Yuri Khachaturov, Secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council has been appointed Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) after nearly two years of delay. The presidents of the CSTO member states unanimously approved the candidacy of Khachaturov, Armenia’s top army General until last October, at an informal summit held in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.
► Turkey's Council of Ministers has decided to extend for a further three months a state of emergency declared in the wake of a failed July 2016 coup.
► Cypriot sailor and silver Olympic medalist Pavlos Kontides (London 2012) has won the gold medal in the Split Olympic Sailing Event, in Croatia.

The proverb of this issue:
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. Here is one of his most famous quotes.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of EVIL is that GOOD men do nothing"
Gibrahayer Calendar
Saturday 22 April 3-6pm at Nareg School Nicosia - Blood donation in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:15 am - Cycling in Memory of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Route: Start from the Armenian Church, 47 Armenia Avenue, Strovolos, cycle towards Eleftheria Square, Aghlantzia and return to the starting point. Estimated distance and cycling speed: 20km at 12km/hr suitable for all ages and abilities. Closing ceremony: 11:30 am. Organizer: Cyprus Committee for Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
For information call: Khatchig Kelenjian 99-979128 or Vicken Sarkissian 99-219767.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:30 am - Divine Liturgy and memorial service for 1,500,000 Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Cathedral in Nicosia.
► Sunday, 23 April at 5:30 pm - Nicosia City Centre: Procession from Nicosia city centre (opposite Zena Palace parking lot) to the Limassol Avenue/Armenia street junction and then at 7:00 pm along Armenia street to the Armenian Cathedral in Acropolis where at 7:30 pm Commemoration Ceremony will take place. Laying of wreaths and flowers at the Genocide martyrs’ memorial monument, followed by Holy Liturgy.
Wednesday 26 April at 7:30 pm - Painting and Drawing Exhibition by Aznive Papazian at Gloria Gallery at 3, Zenonos Sozou, 1075 Nicosia, Telephone: 22762605. Email address:
gloriagallery@gmail.com - Facebook: Gloria Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by the artist Andreas Charalambous. Duration: 26.4 – 9.5.2017. You can visit the exhibition from Monday to Friday 10:30-12:45 and 5:30-8:00pm every day, while on Saturday the Gallery will be open from 10:30 - 12:45.
Thursday, 27 April at 7:30pm - Book presentation of Ioannis K. Hassiotis “Αδελφά έθνη εν μέσω θυέλλης” ΑΡΜΕΝΙΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ ΣΤΙΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΕΣ ΚΡΙΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΟΥ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΟΣ (1856-1914), at Cyprus University, Hall 010, Social Activity Centre, Aghlantzia, organized by the Cyprus University and the Armenian Representative Office.
Saturday 29 April at 8.00 pm – – Concert in the Memory of Adam Sahakyan kiiled on 2 April 2016 in Artsakh at Castelliotissa Hall by the Paphos Gate, organized by Zara Barkhoudarian.
Image result for khachkar newSunday 30 April - Sunday 30 April at 6:30pm – Paphos Memorial Park: Inauguration of the “Armenian Genocide Park” and the unveiling of the Cross-stone “Khatchkar”, organized by Paphos Municipality, the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament, the Armenian community of Paphos, with the participation of Hamazkayin’s “Sipan” and "Ani" Dance Ensembles, Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church Choir and Homenetmen - AYMA 77 Scouts.
Monday 1 May at 12:00 - Picnic / BBQ at Melkonian grounds (behind the boy's building) €10 per person. €5 for children 6-12. Water, Soft drinks and beer will be sold on the spot. Reservations until 26 April to: Maral 99469634, Lora 99922741, Hayarpi 99408286, Hoorig 99555363.
Wednesday 3 May at 8:00 pm - The Cyprus chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural Association will present its fourth Cultural Evening. Details to follow.
Sunday 7 May - HMEM - AYMA details to follow.
Saturday 20 May at 7.00 pm - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter's, SIPAN Dance Ensemble, NANOR and ANI Junior Dance Groups, Annual Dance Performance at Strovolos Municipality in Nicosia.
Saturday 27 May - May 28 Armenian independence celebrations in Cyprus.
Wednesday 31 May - Annual AGM of Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Saturday 3 June - Kebab night by Homenetmen AYMA on for the Champions League final.
Wednesday 7 June - Nareg Elementary Schools Marzahantes (time will follow).
Wednesday 14 June - Nareg School Kindergarten Graduation ceremony (time will follow).
Wednesday 21 June - Nareg Elementary Graduation ceremony (time will follow).
June 26 - July 28 - Summer school for further details contact Nareg Elementary School Nicosia, 22422218.
9-14 July - Homenetmen - AYMA Scouts annual camp at Ayii Vavatsinias.
Sunday 23 July - Khanasor anniversary commemorated by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh and affiliate organisations at Troodos.
August - AYF Camp in Troodos. Final dates to be announced shortly.
August - Open day for parents and community members, lunch and closing ceremony of AYF Camp in Troodos. Final dates to be announced shortly.
Sunday 8 October - Homenetmen - AYMA Food Bazaar.
Friday 3 November - Kravadz Or by the Representative's Office - Details to follow.
 

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