(OCA) - On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, accompanied by Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, met with Karekin II, Supreme Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Issues and challenges of the mission of the Armenian Church and the Orthodox Church in America were discussed in the context of the strong solidarity and friendship of the two churches. Among the important themes of the conversion was the 100th Anniversary in 2015 of the Armenian Genocide and the events commemorating the anniversary in the US and Armenia.
Following their meeting with the Catholicos, Metropolitan Tikhon and Father Leonid attended a luncheon in honor of the newly elected Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church. His Holiness, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, who had served as Archbishop in the US for some years and is well known to the Christian leaders in the US. Also attending the lunch were His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Thedore McCarrick, and other leaders. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem departs for Damascus, Syria next week, where he will be enthroned on Ascension Day.