On Tuesday, the 27th of March 2007, at 10:00 am, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia for the Armenian Catholics, received in the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate, the editor- in- chief of “Aztag” daily newspaprer, Sir Shahan Kandaharian, accompanied by the Principal of the Armenian Catholic Mesrobian High School, Sir Gregoire Kaloust.
This visit came as an expression of respect and gratitude for His Beatitude’s congratulatory letter on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of “Aztag”.
During the meeting, His Beatitude once more congratulated the 80 years jubilee of “Aztag”, expressing great appreciation for the work that He considered very worthy of praise and encouragement, because according to the Catholicos Patriarch this means of communication gives an essential moral power to the Armenians in the diaspora in general and the Armenians in Lebanon in particular.
His Beatitude mentioned also that during the ecumenical meeting in the years 1962-65, the Catholic Church adopted 16 decisions among which one was dedicated to the means of communication, as a result of evaluating their importance in people’s lives.
All the difficulties that the printing press faces today were also discussed and the effect of the new technological enhancements on today’s reader, as well as many plans that tend to improve the influence of press on todays reader public.
During the one hour meeting, His Beatitude expressed His great appreciation for the 80 years uninterrupted course of Aztag, in spite of the many difficulties in Lebanon, wishing the newspaper and all the editors and employees new triumphs and perseverant success.
In his turn, Sir Kandaharian thanked His Beatitude and invited Him to the editing house of Aztag.
March 27, 2007
Armenian Catholic Patriarchate