Antelias: After his trip to Lebanon, Roman Pope His Holiness Benedict XVI sent a personal letter to His Holiness Aram I,Catholicos of Cilicia expressing his high regard for the Armenian Church and particularly for the Catholicosate of Cilicia, and expressing his regret for not meeting with him at the Catholicosate of Cilica to discuss ecumenical issues with him.
In his response, His Holiness Aram I reminded His Holiness the Pope of the long-standing relationship between the two churches founded on theological discussions and ecumenical relations since the Kingdom of Cilicia. The Catholicos then shared with Pope Benedict XVI his concern for the Christian presence in the Middle East and the need for all churches in the region to work together in order to affirm the rights of Christians in the region.
At the end of the letter, Catholicos Aram I welcomed the recent Catholic Bishops’ Synod on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith and then added, “The Church cannot remain indifferent to what is happening in the World. Fifty years ago Vatican II responded to the world events of that time. Therefore, I would propose you to begin preparations for a Vatican III that would impact all churches.