On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada, upon invitation of Right Rev. Barry B. Clarke, Anglican Bishop of Montreal, participated in the annual meeting of House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada in Niagara Falls. Primate Hovakimian was invited to make a speech.
In his speech, the Primate focused on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and its consequences in contemporary world. His Grace mentioned that the twentieth century was a century of inventions, but not all of the ideas that were born in the minds of human beings made this world a better place for its inhabitants. One such “invention” of the twentieth century is the crime of genocide that was committed against the Armenian nation with the sole aim of achieving the total extermination of the Armenian identity.
His Grace Bishop Hovakimian shared with the Canadian Anglican Bishops inspiration and hope that derive from the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II’s message delivered at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican on Sunday, April 12, 2015. He informed the college of Bishops about the forthcoming canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that will be take place in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on April 23rd of this year, with the prayerful participation of sister Churches and high ranking guests and thousands of faithful from throughout the world.