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ACYOWorld Diocesan Forum was held in Buenos Aires

With the blessing of His Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians and under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Armenian Church World Youth Union and ahead to the invitation of the Dioceses of the Armenian Church of South America, the working visit of Very Reverend Archimandrite Tovma Khachatryan, ACYOWorld Spiritual Rector, Director of the Central Office to ACYOWorld Region continues.

At present, Father Tovma is in Argentina. Diocesan Forums were held in three cities, populated by a large number of Armenians: Rosario (May 10), Córdoba (May 12), Buenos Aires (May 14).

ACYOWorld Diocesan Forum was held with the participation of young people of the local Armenian community in the capital of Argentina. His Eminence Archbishop Kissag Mouradian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Argentina delivered a welcome speech and read the message of His Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians addressed to young people.

Video messages of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan addressed to the Diocesan Primate of Argentina and to young people were shown.

ACYOWorld Spiritual Rector presented ACYOWorld mission, regional structure, spiritual-youth programs and information platforms to the participants of the Forum in the format of slides and video clips prepared by the Office. ACYOWorld Regional and Diocesan Forums that have already taken place by now in 2022 were presented in a separate video.

Then, with the help of a questionnaire compiled in advance, young people tried to reveal issues related to the preservation of the Armenian identity, the preservation of faith, national-spiritual identity and to find ways to solve them. Importance was attached to professionalizing Christian youth work and needs assessment was conducted.

In his closing speech Father Tovma thanked once again His Grace Bishop Nareg Berberian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil and the Armenian Diocese of Argentina, in particular: His Eminence Archbishop Kissag and Chairperson of the Diocesan Council Varty Manoukian, for the invitation and for contributing to the implementation of the Diocesan Forums of South America.

Certificates and crosses brought from the Mother See were presented to the participants of the Forum.

At the end of the Forum world-famous Armenian guitarist Hova performed for the participants.

On May 15 Holy Liturgy was served by Very Reverend Archimandrite Tovma Khachatryan in St. Gregory the Illuminator cathedral of Buenos Aires. Members of the Diocesan Board, representatives of national institutions and ordinary believers were present.

The next stop of ACYOWorld Spiritual Rector is the Armenian Diocese of Uruguay.


For ACYOWorld 2022 is proclaimed the year of Regional Forums and Pan-Armenian pilgrimage. ACYOWorld holds Regional and Diocesan Forums in Armenia and the Diaspora. ACYOWorld Russia and CIS (Kislovodsk), ACYOWorld Europe (Brussels, Prague), ACYOWorld Middle East and Africa (Cairo) Regional Forums, ACYOWorld Diocesan Forums in Brazil (São Paulo), in Argentina (Rosario, Córdoba, Buenos Aires) have taken place by now.