DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     June 30, 1999     vol. 10, no. 126

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Armenian Catholicos Dies At 66

Had reconciled with Rome after 1500 year split

          YEREVAN, Armenia (CWNews.com) - Catholicos Karekin I, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, died on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with larynx cancer, the church announced.

          The Catholicos had undergone surgery in the United States last year to remove a tumor on his larynx. He was 66. Earlier this month, Pope John Paul II had scheduled a last minute trip to visit the ailing Catholicos and then, just as abruptly, canceled the visit after contracting the flu. The trip had been rescheduled for July 2-4.

          Karekin was born Nshan Sarkisian in Kassab, Syria, and studied at a seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, where he later became director. He became a deacon in 1949 and took a vow of celibacy in 1952, church officials said. He studied in the theology department at Oxford University in 1957-58, and in the 1970s he led church dioceses in the United States, Iran, and India, the church said. He was elected Catholicos in April 1995.

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June 30, 1999       volume 10, no. 126


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