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Nalbandian Armash

Armenian Primate of Damascus, Syria

Bishop Armash Nalbandian (baptismal name Hagop) was born on January 29, 1973 in Aleppo, Syria. He received his primary education in Aleppo.

In 1987 he entered the Gevorkian Theological Seminary at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1991, on the Feast of the Exhalation of the Holy Cross by His Eminence Archbishop Nerses Pozapalian.

He graduated from the seminary in 1993 after the successful defense of his thesis entitled "The Life and Works of Catholicos Gevork Surenyants V (1911-1930)"

Following his graduation, he left Armenia for the Armenian Diocese of Germany where he served as a spiritual pastor to the Armenian community. From 1995 to 2000, he studied New Testament Theology at the University of Erlangen-Nierenberg. He also studied ancient Greek and Latin strengthening his skills in the explanatory methods of the Holy Gospel.

He was ordained a celibate priest in Cologne Germany in November 1998, by His Eminence Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian, and given the priestly name of Armash. Following his ordination, he was assigned to serve as the spiritual pastor for the Armenian community of southern Germany.

Father Armash received the rank of Archimandrite (Vartabet) in December 2003, after he successfully presented and defended his doctoral thesis entitled "The Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church from the 5th Century to Present".

In early 2004, Father Armash returned to Syria were he was assigned to serve as Vicar to the Diocese of Damascus. The Armenian community elected him to serve as the Primate in the fall of 2004.

On January 15, 2006 Father Armash was consecrated as a Bishop by the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Bishop Armash serves today as the Primate of the Diocese of Damascus.

[September 2016]

Assisi 2016 - Thirst for Peace


Tirana 2015 - Peace is Always Possible


World meeting for peace The Courage to Hope




September 13 2016

30 years of dialogue in a 30 seconds videoclip. Watch! #peaceispossible #Assisi2016

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September 8 2016

Mercy, the Heart of Peace: Prayer and dialogue for peace in the Spirit of Assisi

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September 30 2015

VIDEO: Refugee crisis, one of the main topics at Sant'Egidio's international meeting "Peace is Alway Possible"

September 22 2015

In the Great Lakes region, wounded by so much violence, Sant'Egidio speaks of peace in the Spirit of Assisi #peaceispossible

A meeting between the religions in Bukavu in communion with Tirana
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September 21 2015

Peace is possible also in Nakuru, Kenya

More than 2000 youth gathered for a Prayer in the Spirit of Assisi run by the Community of Sant'Egidio
September 15 2015

The religious leaders of Benin united against violence affirm their commitment to peace in communion with Tirana

They claim that "Peace is always possible"
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October 8 2016

Letter of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Community of Sant'Egidio

Back to Constantinople from Assisi 2016, the patriarch wrote a letter of gratitude and appreciation to the Community.
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October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

Thanks to all who freely and voluntarily school children all over the world. The video of the School of Peace in Antwerp.
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October 4 2016

Feast of St. Francis

Memory of the dedication of the Primavalle "chapel"; the first place of prayer of the Community of Sant’Egidio in the outskirts of Rome. On October 4, 1992, the peace treaty that put an end to the war in Mozambique was signed in Rome. Prayer for all those who work for peace. In the picture by Di Stasio, St. Francis hugging the wolf
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September 30 2016
Vida Nueva
Marco Impagliazzo: “Los líderes musulmanes deben denunciar con más valentía el terrorismo”
September 21 2016
La Vanguardia
El papa Francisco pide que ante la guerra no haya "división entre las religiones"
September 19 2016
Vida Nueva
Líderes religiosos de todo el mundo conmemoran el 30º aniversario del ‘Espíritu de Asís’
September 19 2016
Francesc se suma al compromís de les religions per la pau a Assís
September 19 2016
Alto Adige
ad Assisi l'Onu delle Religioni per la Pace
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