Archbishop William Goh takes his leave of Catholicos Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, after a ceremony at the Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator Singapore.Archbishop William Goh takes his leave of Catholicos Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, after a ceremony at the Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator Singapore.Archbishop William Goh, together with several Armenian and Orthodox Church leaders, attended a ceremony led by the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church recently.

Catholicos Karekin II conducted a one-and-a-half hour Divine Liturgy service at the Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator Singapore on Hill St.

The church is the oldest Christian church in Singapore.

Afterwards, he blessed two cross-stones in the church’s compound, as the congregation of more than 100 people looked on.

The first stone was in honour of the 1.5 million Armenians who died under the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th century, and the second was for the late Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand and Pontifical Legate to India and the Far East.

The archbishop, who died in 2012, was awarded the state order of Australia in 1995 and 2003, for his service and contributions to the Australian Armenian community.

According to trustees of the local Armenian Church, Catholicos Karekin II’s visit to Singapore is part of his pontifical visit to the Armenian Christian community in Asia.

He visited Kolkata, India, before coming to Singapore, and was scheduled to visit Myanmar afterwards.

He also met with Pope Francis in May.

By Lorna O’Hara
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