“Remember [Lord,] those of the human race who are our enemies as well, and for their benefit accord them pardon and mercy… Do not destroy those who persecute me, but reform them; root out the vile ways of this world, and plant the good in me and them” (Book of Lamentations, 83, 1-2 – St. Gregory of Narek)
Quote sited by Pope Francis on his Apostolic Visit to Armenia (In his speech he called St. Gregory of Narek the “Doctor of Peace”)
Today Pope Francis concluded a historic journey to Armenia where he signed a declaration with the Armenian Church for Christian Unity and peace. Please pray for continued efforts for peace and unity around the world.
Pope Francis visits the Memorial of Tzitzernakaberd, which commemorates the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottomans in 1915.
Pope and Catholicos sign joint statement on justice and peace – FULL TEXT (Vatican Radio)
St. Gregory of Narek – Doctor of the Church (American Catholic)