Monday, 21 August 2006 - A letter to His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II
Catholicos for All Armenians
Mother See of Holy Echmiadsin
Dear Brother in Christ,
We praise the Lord for granting Us the joy of restoring Our health and returning to Our residence safely, while the war was spreading death and destruction in the beloved land of perpetual Cedars. As soon as the situation was relatively peaceful, the first thought that came to Us was to express Our gratitude for Your wishes of health and recovery and then to congratulate You on Your 55th anniversary wishing you well-being so that You will be able to lead the Mother See with the same strength and youthful spirit towards new triumphs for the sake of the vivacity of the Armenian Church, the preaching of our Christian beliefs, the welfare of the Armenian Nation and finally the victory of Our National Causes and the growth of the state of Armenia.
Accept the certitude of Our Christian and fraternal sentiments of affection.
Nerses Bedros XIX
Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia for the Armenian Catholics.