A delegation from the Council of Heads and Representatives of the Apostolic Eastern Churches in Australia and New Zealand (ECWA) on a solidarity visit to Armenia at the invitation of the Armenian Orthodox Apostolic Church.
After a series of solidarity visits each year by the Council of Heads and Representatives of the Apostolic Eastern Churches in Australia and New Zealand to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, a delegation of the Council visits this year with the Armenian Church and the Armenian people to the Republic of Armenia from June 24 to 30 / 2018, at the invitation of the Armenian Orthodox Apostolic Church,
The delegation includes:
- His Excellency Bishop Robert Ribat, Patron of the Melkite Catholic Diocese of Australia and New Zealand and the President of the Council
- Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarbieh, patron of the Maronite Diocese of Australia
- The rule of Metropolitan Higazon Nagarian, patron of the Armenian Orthodox Apostolic Church in Australia and New Zealand
- His Grace Bishop Daniel, Bishop of the Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Sydney and its attendants
- Bishop Julian Portius, Archbishop of the Hobart Diocese of Tazmania, Latin Catholic Church
- Conquest of Monsignor Basil Sousanian, representative of the Armenian Catholic Church in Australia and ECWAs current president.
- Father Elie Nakhoul, Maronite Lebanese consul, media officer and secretary of the Council
Basic objectives of the visit:
- Consolidation of the unity and communication between Armenian Church members, residents of Armenia and expatriates in the countries of proliferation, particularly Australia and New Zealand.
- To support the Armenian Church and the Armenian people by all available means in the course of its struggle to consolidate its national unity and support the growth of Armenia and its leading role in laying the foundations of peace, justice and love in its surroundings and the world.
- Visit the heads of churches and religious shrines in Armenia and pray and work together to clear the image of Christ manifested in the unity of love established between her and her sons and daughters.
- Visit the presidents and civilian officials of Armenia, who are in charge of the political, economic and social leadership in the country and convey the voice of their compatriots, especially expatriates, and inform them of the concerns of their people, aspirations and hopes.
- Visiting the ecclesiastical pilgrimage sites, national museums, especially the Armenian Genocide Museum, the humanitarian institutions of Meatham, the homes of the elderly and others, to share closely the concerns and pains of the suffering, the poor, the destitute and the orphans and provide some assistance to them gathered from some benefactors of the Apostolic Eastern Churches in Australia and New Zealand.