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Turkey's Armenians to select new spiritual leader after Easter

22-03-2019, 11:55 Region » Turkey
Turkey's Armenians to select new spiritual leader after Easter

22 March 2019, 11:55 - NovostiNK
Armenians in Turkey are set to select new spiritual leader after Easter following the death of Patriarch Mesrob II Mutafyan earlier this month, Anadolu Agency reports.

The election for the 85th Armenian patriarch will be held after April 21, said Sahak Masalyan, the deputy of the late Armenian patriarch, Mesrob II, who passed away on March 8 in Istanbul after a long illness.

"After the election, the new patriarch will be sworn in and start his duty," Masalyan, who is also a patriarch hopeful himself, told the agency.

Mesrob II was elected as top religious leader of the Armenian community in Turkey in 1998.

In 2008, Mutafyan suffered from health issues that prevented him to fulfill his duties.

For the first time in history, the Armenian Church in Turkey has been ruled by a deputy patriarch since 2008.



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