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ACYOWorld Middle East and Africa Regional Forum took place

With the blessing of His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Armenian Church World Youth Union ACYOWorld Middle East and Africa Regional Forum took place from 01 April to 03 April this year. Activist young people of Armenian Diocese of Egypt, Armenian Diocese of Iraq, Armenian Patriarchates of Constantinople and Jerusalem were invited to the Forum organized by the Central Office of Armenian Church World Youth Union. The Armenian Diocese of Egypt with the blessing of the Diocesan primate His Grace Ashot Bishop Mnatsakanyan hosted the Forum.

On the morning of April 1, Divine and Eternal Liturgy was served by Reverend Father Tovma Archimandrite Khachatryan, ACYOWorld Spitirual inspector, on the occasion of the Commemoration of commitment to the pit in Saint Grigor Illuminator Cathedral of Cairo.

The opening solemn ceremony of the Forum began with the Lord's Prayer. His Grace Bishop Ashot Mnatsakanyan, Primate of the Host Diocese, read the message of His Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians addressed to the young people. Video message of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian was shown and Reverend Father Tovma Archimandrite Khachatryan, Spiritual, Director of the Central Office announced the opening of the programme part after the welcome speech of Diocesan Primate.

Angelina Aleksanyan, Youth work expert, deputy director for public institutions of ACYOWorld Office, presented the principal tasks of the Forum.

Tovma Archimandrite Khachatryan delivered speech on <>, <> topics, touching upon the role of the young person in the church and the role of the church in the life of the young person, as well as to ACYOWorld mission, regional structure, spiritual-youth programs.

Father Tovma also presented "ACYOWorld Informational Spiritual-cultural social platform" presentation, where the work in the social platform done by ACYOWorld Central office was depicted.

Angelina Aleksanyan, in her turn, presented the essence, issues and goals of the Christian youth work. In the workshops launched by the "World Café" facilitation method, the young people identified the existing problems through a questionnaire and discussion, made an assessment of youth needs, and suggested ways to solve them. After the development of all the protocols, they will be included in the ACYOWorld youth guide.

"Idea generation. In the framework of the course "Creating a program" they talked about youth programs, the generation of viable ideas and the ways of their implementation.

The Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Egypt, His Grace T. On the initiative of Bishop Ashot Mnatsakanyan, a meeting was held with the Pope of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Tavadros II, at the patriarchal residence of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Among other issues, the possibility of cooperation with the world church-loving youth organization was discussed at the meeting.

A meeting with the local Armenian youth took place in the Armenian Prelacy of Alexandria. The RA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt Hrachya Poladyan was also present at the meeting.

At the end of the forum, the participants and organizers were awarded letters of thanks, letters of thanks and certificates of participation by the ACYOWorld Central Office, as well as the booklets "Youth Prayer Book" and "Pontifical Words and Messages to the Armenian Youth". The young people agreed to meet in the Homeland within the framework of the ACYOWorld Pan-Armenian Pilgrimage to be held on July 6-10.

Let us remind that in 2022 Russia-CIS Regional Forum of CIS countries took place on February 4-7, and in 2022 March 1-6, 2012 ACYOWorld Europe Regional Forum (March 1-3 in Brussels, March 4-6 in Prague).

ACYOWorld has eight regions: Armenia, Russia and CIS countries, Europe, South America, North America, Middle East Africa, India and East,, Australia և New Zealand. ACYOWorld regional forums provide church-loving youth with the opportunity to jointly assess the needs of young people, identify ways of Christian youth work, and develop mechanisms for involving local youth in spiritual and church life. Regional forums are also a powerful platform for young people to get to know each other better, to work together, to exchange experiences, to dialogue, to collaborate, and to establish strong interdisciplinary ties.

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