On Monday the 18th of August 2008, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics had left to Cairo to preside the funeral service of His sister Claire, which took place on the same day in Cairo in the Armenian Catholic church.
During the funeral service, His Excellency Msgr. Agustinos Kousan, father Vartan Kazandjian and Der Jirayr Ananian as well as other bishops were present. After the funeral service Msgr. Kousan expressed condolences on behalf of the fathers of the Synod.
On the same day, His Beatitude received condolences till the late hours of the night. Among them were the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, and the ambassador of Lebanon to Egypt Khaled Ziadeh. The Syrian and Armenian embassies in Egypt called His beatitude and expressed their condolences via telephone.
Before His Beatitude’s departure, msgr. Kousan invited His Beatitude to Egypt for a visit and offered Him the 25th anniversary medal of his priesthood.
On August 24 2008, His Beatitude will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy and performing a memorial service for the soul of His sister in the Bzommar after which He will be receiving the condolences in the convent hall.
On Wednesday the 20th of August 2008, His Beatitude returned to Lebanon.