The Pope of the Armenian Apostolic Church is in Rhode Island Saturday. The visit comes on the centennial of the killing and deportation of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.
When he stops in Providence, the leader of the international Armenian church, Pope Aram I, will visit the memorial to what many historians call the Armenian Genocide, at the North Burial Ground. He’ll also take part in a church service.
Father Gomidas Baghsarian, priest at Sts. Vartanantz Church, said the visit is a big honor.
Rhode Island’s General Assembly today will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Rep. Katherine Kazarian, D-East Providence, will introduce a resolution calling on President Obama to formally recognize the genocide.
In a joint ceremony with the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island, the ceremony will feature clergy from the state’s three Armenian churches, followed by the presentation of colors and the singing of Mer Hairenick, the Armenian national anthem. A speaking program is also planned.
The Armenian Community of Rhode Island will sponsor a candlelight march tomorrow in Providence to commemorate the 99 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The procession begins at 6:45 from the Sts. Vartanantz Church at 402 Broadway to Providence City Hall, followed by a program in the city council chambers.
The event is part of a national and international commemoration of the genocide, where more than a million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks and thousands more were deported.