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November 6, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The 79-year-old spiritual leader of the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church, stepping carefully because of an injury he suffered on the eve of his North American tour, was greeted on his arrival Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport by a small but enthusiastic group of well-wishers. Vazken I, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, was met by three flower-bearing children from Armenian-American schools and about 50 clergy and church members.
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February 18, 1989 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
International chieftains of the Armenian Church, once sharply at odds, say both the tribulation of the devastating earthquake and a joint trip to the United States strengthened the brotherly ties between them. But in the church's U.S. branch, strains of a prolonged split still showed. Tendencies also appeared on one side here to minimize the high-level calls to unity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1989 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
International chieftains of the Armenian Church, once sharply at odds, say both the tribulation of the devastating earthquake and a joint trip to the United States strengthened the brotherly ties between them. But in the church's U.S. branch, strains of a prolonged split still showed. Tendencies also appeared on one side here to minimize the high-level calls to unity.
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November 9, 1987 | From Associated Press
More than 9,000 people attended a three-hour Hollywood Bowl Communion service conducted Sunday by Vazken I, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church who is here on a visit from Soviet Armenia. The 161st in a succession of Armenian patriarchs that began in AD 301, Vazken I told worshipers he was glad to see the vibrancy of the church in America.
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November 9, 1987 | From Associated Press
More than 9,000 people attended a three-hour Hollywood Bowl Communion service conducted Sunday by Vazken I, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church who is here on a visit from Soviet Armenia. The 161st in a succession of Armenian patriarchs that began in AD 301, Vazken I told worshipers he was glad to see the vibrancy of the church in America.
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November 7, 1987 | ANDREA ESTEPA, Times Staff Writer
"For a few moments, I thought I was in Armenia," Vazken I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, told 1,500 schoolchildren gathered Friday at Pasadena City College. Most of the children, students at nine Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area, had never been to the Soviet Republic of Armenia, but they put together a program of traditional songs, dramatic recitations and original skits, all in Armenian and all conveying nostalgia for their parents' homeland and pride in their culture.
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November 8, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Los Angeles visit of Patriarch Vazken I has revived longstanding tensions between two Armenian Apostolic Church jurisdictions with churches in California. Most parishes are loyal to Vazken I's See of Etchmiadzin, in Soviet Armenia, but a division occurred in 1933 with political overtones. The breakaway wing is affiliated with the See of Cilicia in Lebanon, currently headed by Karekin II.
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November 5, 1987
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Vazken I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, is scheduled to arrive in Southern California today for his first visit to the state in 20 years. The patriarch will stay in the area until Wednesday, then fly to San Francisco. In Southern California, which has the largest Armenian community outside Armenia, the patriarch will meet with religious leaders, community members and politicians.
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February 29, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
As many as 80 Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Soviet Union have been killed and others have been brutalized at the hands of Muslim villagers, and Soviet troops have been called in to protect them, an Armenian Apostolic Church priest said here Sunday night. The report was made by the Rev. Sasoon Zumrookhdian, who returned to the state capital Saturday after spending 10 days in the strife-torn capital of Soviet Armenia, Yerevan.
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November 7, 1987 | ANDREA ESTEPA, Times Staff Writer
"For a few moments, I thought I was in Armenia," Vazken I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, told 1,500 schoolchildren gathered Friday at Pasadena City College. Most of the children, students at nine Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area, had never been to the Soviet Republic of Armenia, but they put together a program of traditional songs, dramatic recitations and original skits, all in Armenian and all conveying nostalgia for their parents' homeland and pride in their culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The 79-year-old spiritual leader of the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church, stepping carefully because of an injury he suffered on the eve of his North American tour, was greeted on his arrival Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport by a small but enthusiastic group of well-wishers. Vazken I, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, was met by three flower-bearing children from Armenian-American schools and about 50 clergy and church members.
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June 18, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
The spiritual leader of about 150,000 Armenians living in Southern California, beginning a monthlong visit to the region that will include the consecration Sunday of a Santa Ana church, expressed hope Friday that the Soviet government, "in the context of true perestroika," will recognize the claims of Soviet Armenia to a disputed territory.
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June 23, 1988 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
His Holiness Karekin II, the highest spiritual leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church outside of Soviet Armenia, visited the Glendale-area Armenian community Monday and stressed the importance of preserving Armenian ethnic life styles. In the first Glendale-area appearance of a monthlong pontifical visit to Los Angeles, Karekin II also called for the reunification of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh with Soviet Armenia. The territory is in the Azerbaijan Republic.
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