Armenians in Turkey elect new Patriarch of Constantinople
The Armenian community in Turkey witnessed a joyous and much-anticipated occasion on 11 December, after 12 years of remaining without an active Patriarch. His Grace Bishop Sahak Mashalian was elected the 85th Patriarch of Constantinople, one of the Hierarchical Sees of the Armenian Apostolic Church in existence since the 15th century.
His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected Sahak II. In his letter the Primate stated: “You have been elected First Servant of this historic See, which has been the leader of Western Armenians, especially in the Ottoman Empire for centuries, the guardian of our faith, language and culture, and the protector of sacred shrines of our historical homeland.” Having known the newly-elected Patriarch personally for many years, Bishop Hovakim expressed confidence that the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople will live a revival under the leadership of the new Patriarch and “retrieve its past glory,” adding, “under your leadership and progressive thinking you will contribute to the edification of the Holy Apostolic Church.”