Tsarukyan Foundation Donates $500,000 to Cilicia Catholicosate

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ANTELIAS—Gagik Tsarukyan, an Armenian businessman and chair of Armenia’s Olympics Committee, recently donated $500,000 to the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia to be used for various projects, including Syrian-Armenian relief efforts, according to the official website of the church.

Armenian businessman Gagik Tsarukyan and His Holiness Aram I (center) during the former’s visit to the Catholicosate on July 24

Tstarukyan, who accepted an invitation by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I to visit the Catholicosate headquarters, arrived in Lebanon on July 24, on his way to Europe.

During their one-hour meeting, the pontiff said that the Great House of Cilicia has had an instrumental role in the pursuit of Armenian demands for justice. Whoever contributes to the strengthening of Armenia and Artsakh, to the realization of the collective dreams of the Armenians, and to the betterment of life for the citizens of Armenia, is a beloved and praiseworthy individual, Aram I said.

Arcbishop Shahan Sarkisian, the prelate of Syria, provided Tsarukyan with an update on the Armenian community in Syria, emphasizing the humanitarian losses the community has sustained. Present at the meetings were also representatives of community organizations.

In thanking the Catholicos, Tsarukyan formally announced his foundation’s donation and presented a large silver cross to the pontiff, who in turn presented Tsarukyan with a copy of the Partsrpert Bible—a limited edition publication.

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