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Archbishop Aghan Baliozian of the Armenian Orthodox Church passed away

SYDNEY: His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian of the Armenian Orthodox Church, primate of the diocese of Australia and New Zealand passed away on September 22, 2012, in Sydney Australia. Archbishop Baliozian passed away suddenly of a heart attack. His Eminence was 66 years old.

Archbishop Aghan Baliozian was a great friend of the Malankara Orthodox Church. Archbishop Aghan Baliozian visited India on numerous occasions. His Eminence was a guiding light to the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Sydney, right from its inception. The parish has been very fortunate to enjoy his hospitality during the visit of late Catholicose H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II and many other bishops from Indian Orthodox Church Church.

Archbishop Aghan Baliozian has been very active in ecumenical activities in Australia. From 1994 to 1997 Archbishop Aghan served as the first president of the National Ecclesiastic Council of Australia. In 2001 His Eminence was elected as the President of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council. He served three terms, and was re-elected to the position.

Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios and Dr. Yuhanon Mar Diascoros have sent their condolences to the Armenian Apostolic Church on behalf of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.