Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Armenian Church in Miadan Square (Sourp Asdvadzadzin)

I received the following email from our Diocesan Office in Baghdad:

Dear all,
Greetings from warm Baghdad.
This is how our Cathedral's landscape use to look like prior to the early 80s.

Also, it is to be noted that recently emails have been circulated with a reference to St. Mary Church in Shorja district which came under difficult circumstances. Due to the similarity of names, some people thought it was the Armenian Church in Miadan square. Of course this is not true, as we Armenians take good care of our Churches and other Community institutions.
The compound of Our Church in Miadan Square (Sourp Asdvadzadzin) has been constantly modified during the past 30 years, each time adding a new building. Now it looks beautiful bringing honor to our Armenian name and Community in Baghdad. 
The other St. Mary Church, which is the subject of some confused emails, is another Church and she fell under difficult circumstances and belongs to the Latin Community. It was made available to the Coptic Community in Baghdad to use as house of worship for 20 years. For some years now the Copts have moved to their new facility in New Baghdad. The reference therefore is about the ill-fated church (not the Armenian Church).
It behooves our Iraqi Armenians to be correct regarding their information before passing undue judgment. All Armenians should know how our Diocesan office (Arachnortaran) works for the constant betterment of our Churches and institutions.

With best regards,
Diocesan Office.


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