His Beatitude Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholic Church, arrived at the Palace of the Patriarchate in Bucharest on Thursday as part of a multi-day visit to Romania.
Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Varlaam of Ploiești cordially received the Armenian Patriarch and his delegation. In addition to introducing the historical building, the bishop presented the visitors with a selection of books published by the Publishing Houses of the Romanian Patriarchate.
Following a brief gathering at Saint John Cassian Hall, the Patriarch of Armenian Catholics bestowed a commemorative medal and a hacikar, an intricately carved cross emblematic of Armenian art, upon the Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Varlaam.
Patriarch Raphaël Bedros recently visited several significant religious, historical, cultural, and patrimony landmarks in the country.
In conjunction with his attendance at the 10th edition of the “Constantin Brancoveanu” Awards Gala, which is orchestrated by the “Alexandrion” Foundation, His Beatitude travels to Romania to be honored with a special award in recognition of his exemplary service to religious dialogue and peace in the East Middle.
Photography courtesy of Lumina Newspaper / Luigi Ivanciu