Armenian Church News (UK), Vol. 1, No. 10, 17 October 2014, pp. 6-8.
Canonisation of the Genocide Victims: What is the meaning of their sainthood?*
By Dr Hratch Tchilingirian
On the 75th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in a joint Communiqué issued on April 29, 1989 for the occasion, Their Holiness Vazken I Catholicos of All Armenians and Karekin II Catholicos of Cilicia "propose[d] that the preparatory activities continue for the canonisation of [the Genocide] victims." Indeed, the idea of religious commemoration of the Genocide victims goes back to the early years of the First Republic of Armenia (1918-1920), when the Armenian Government at the time formally applied to Catholicos Gevorg V to include the martyrs in the liturgical calendar of the