Primate and Ambassador Ara Ayvazyan Meet with Religious and Government Leaders to Discuss Preparations Ahead of Historic Pontifical Visit to Mexico City
Published - 14 July 2017

Accompanied by His Excellency Ara Ayvazyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico, on July 14, 2017, the Diocesan Primate held a series of meetings in Mexico City with religious leaders and government officials. The meetings were geared toward the planning of the first pontifical visit of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, to Mexico on October 31, 2017.

(From L to R) H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian (Primate); Archbishop Franco Coppola (Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico); H.E. Ara Ayvazyan (Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico) 

In the morning Archbishop Derderian and Ambassador Ayvazyan met with Archbishop Franco Coppola, the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico or the head of the ecclesiastical office of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico. The pontifical visit of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church was discussed at length including His Holiness’ meetings with religious, government and community leaders.  

(From L to R) H.E. Ara Ayvazyan (Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico); H.E. Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera, (Archbishop of Mexico City); H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian (Primate)

In the afternoon, they were cordially welcomed by His Eminence Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera, the Archbishop of Mexico City. Archbishop Carrera gladly stated his willingness and delight to not only welcome the Pontiff of the Armenian Apostolic Church but also his intention to host an ecumenical gathering in honor of His Holiness Karekin II. Archbishop Carrera also noted the significance of Mexico’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century on the official level, referring to the horrific event as irrefutable evidence of crime against humanity.

(From L to R) Mr. Arturo Manuel Diaz Leon (Executive Director - Mexico's Ministry of Religious Affairs); H.E. Humberto Roque Villanueva (Mexico's Deputy Interior Minister for Religious Affairs); H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian (Primate); H.E. Ara Ayvazyan (Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico)  

Later in the day, Archbishop Derderian and Ambassador Ayvazyan met with Mexico’s Deputy Interior Minister for Religious Affairs His Excellency Humberto Roque Villanueva. Matters related to the Pontifical Visit on the government level were discussed.  

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