His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over a meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council at Holy Etchmiadzin on Saturday, June 23. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian participated in the meeting chaired by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese.
Participants heard about His Holiness Karekin II's upcoming pontifical visits to Europe. They discussed a meeting of diocesan representatives planned for the fall, which will focus on the review of the "Guidelines for Diocesan Bylaws of the Armenian Church"—a proposed constitutional framework for all Armenian Church dioceses.
Archbishop Barsamian, Archbishop Yeznik Petrosian, and Bishop Arshak Khachatryan gave a report on work of the joint Canonical Committee of the Catholicate of All Armenians and the Catholicate of the Great House of Cilicia. The council also reviewed plans for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.