Pope Francis on Thursday consecrated the bronze statue of Saint Gregory of Narek (Grigor Narekatsi), a 10th century poet and monk famed a hero of the Armenian culture and Doctor of the Universal Church.
The historic event was attended by President Serzh Sargsyan, Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I.
The two church patriarchs delivered special prayers at the ceremony.
President Sargsyan, who travelled to the Vatican City on Wednesday, met with the pontific in his residence earlier today.
The bronze statue, designed by David Yerevantsi, was melted in the Czech Republic under the joint sponsorship of Mikael Minasyan, Armenia’s ambassador to the Holy Sea, and Artur Janibekyan, the director of Gazprom Media Holding (Moscow).
In an interview with the Vatican News on Wednesday, Ambassador Minasyan highly praised the idea, describing it as a sign of fraternity and close friendship.
“The idea to erect the statue of Saint Gregory of Narek in the gardens of Vatican stands as a symbol of fraternity between the two churches and all the Christians, particularly those in the Middle East,” he said.