However, Bishop Maşalyan and Archbishop Ateşyan have not been attentive to these and other concerns voiced by community members. They are continuing their campaigns. From the look of the scene, it is clear that following through with this election in this haphazard fashion will severely damage us.
General Vicar of Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Archbishop Aram Ateşyan announced that he resigned in a meeting with some foundation executives and benefactors. Ateşyan also sent an official letter to Değabah Bekçiyan, informing that Bekçiyan has the responsibility to carry out the election process and he will hand over the administrative duties. It is expected that the process will accelerate now.
Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, General Vicar of Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, resigned.
Led by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, the meeting of Supreme Religious Council was held in Moscow. In the concluding statement made after the meeting, a call concerning patriarchal election is made.
Patriarchal election has been preoccupying Armenian society for years. Recently, a petition campaign for patriarchal election is launched.
Protests against Aram Ateşyan, who maintains his seat as General Vicar of the Patriarch, continued this week. People gathered in front of Feriköy Surp Vartanants Church for staging protest.
Istanbul Municipal Council unanimously approved the rezoning plan for rebuilding Kamp Armen.
Bekçiyan, who will meet with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II in Armenia, will attend Supreme Spiritual Council with Vehapar Karekin II that will convene in Moscow.