Patriarch of the Armenian Catholics
(17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015).
This morning 25th of June 2015 at
7.00 am His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
(Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian
Catholics passed away.
memory of His Beatitude be eternal!
الصباح الواقع 25 حزيران 2015 الساعه السابعة
صباحا انتقل الى الاخدار السماوية ابينا غبطة
البطريرك نرسيس بيدروس التاسع عشر كاثوليكوس
بطريرك الارمن الكاثوليك
WHO BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE
Your eminencies, Your Grace Reverend
Sons and daughters of our community
With great sadness and sorrow with impart
to you the sad news of the passing away of
His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Catholicos and Patriarch of Cilicia for
all the Armenian Catholics
His Beatitude parted from this earth to
the green heavenly pasture of His maker in the morning
of 25th June as a result of a heart
failure whilst in Jeitawy Hospital in Beirut.
Our Catholicos was born in Cairo on
January 17, 1940
He was ordained as a priest in Cairo on
august 15, 1965.
He was ordained as Bishop and occupied
the chair of Alexandria on February 18, 1990.
He also assumed responsibilities
pertaining to priest and the priesthood and he was also
a member of the comity to facilitate the administration
of the patriarchate.
Elected Catholicos Patriarch of All
Armenian Catholics on the 17 October 1999
He worked tirelessly in support of all
the missions that lived under the soviet rule in Eastern
Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and
also of having Saint Gregory of Narek declared “Doctor
of the Church”.
The internment services will take place
in Beirut on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 4pm
(Lebanon time) at the Cathedrals of St
Gregarious and St. Elias for the Armenian Catholics.
You may express your condolences on
from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Sydney Armenian
5 John Street
A mass for the 40th will be held at the
above address on
Sunday 2nd August 2015 at 11 AM.
All believers are asked to raise their
prayers for the repose of the soul of our beloved
Catholicos Nerses Bedros so that he may join the saints
in the heavenly kingdom of God. That he may be always remembered.
Fr Basil Sousanian
PRAYER FOR A PARTICULAR SOUL
Lord, hear our prayers;
in Your mercy, bring us to Your place of peace
and light the soul of Your servant
Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the house
of Cilicia for the Armenian Catholics.
whom You have summoned from this world.
Call him to be numbered
in the fellowship of Your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX dies in Lebanon
Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX
passed away Thursday after suffering from a heart
The renowned Egyptian patriarch, who resides in Lebanon,
is widely known for serving the Armenian community and
promoting its interests. The patriarch had visited
Armenian communities in Europe, the Middle East and the
to boost Armenian catholic schools.
At his request, the archbishop of Mardine Ignace Maloyan,
martyr of the Armenian genocide of 1915, was proclaimed
blessed by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Square in
The Catholicos Patriarch also sent the first parish
priest to Moscow in 2002 in an attempt to begin a new
mission among the Armenian Catholics in Russia,
following the opening in 1991 of missions inArmenia and
Bedros XIX was ordained as a priest in Cairo in 1965. He
was known to his perish in Heliopolis as Father Pierre Taza.
In 1999, the 75-year-old succeeded Hovhannes Bedros
XVIII Kasparian as the Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia
of Armenian Catholics and took the name Nerses Bedros
XIX after Bishops of the Holy Synod of the Catholic
Armenian Synod elected him.
In the same year, the patriarch was enthroned and
received the Ecclesiastical Communion from Pope John
Photo: Armenian Catholic patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX
Tarmouni, left, greets Pope Francis at the end of an
Armenian-Rite Mass on the occasion of the commemoration
of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in
St. Peter's Basilica on April 10, 2015
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
(17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015)
He was the second son and the fifth
of eight children born to Elias Taza and Josephine
He completed his primary and
secondary studies at the College of the
Brothers of the Christian Schools
(Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes) in Cairo.
He felt a vocation for the
very early in life and thus was sent to the Armenian
Leonine Pontifical College in
in 1958 where he studied Philosophy and Theology at
Pontifical Gregorian University.
ordained him as a priest in Cairo on 15 August 1965.
In Heliopolis he was known as
Father Pierre Taza.
He served the parish of the Armenian
Catholic Cathedral of the Annunciation in Cairo from
1965 to 1968 with the Rev John Kasparian who, in
under the name of
Hovhannes Bedros XVIII
(John Peter XVIII Kasparian).
From 1968 to 1990, Father Pierre Taza
of the parish of St Therese of Heliopolis in Cairo.
On 18 February 1990, he was ordained
for Egypt and
laying on of hands
of Jean Pierre XVIII.
From 1992 to 1997, as member of the
of Egypt, he was the General Secretary of the
Pastoral Council of the Catholic Church of Egypt.
As a member of the
of the Bishops of the
Catholic Armenian Patriarch Church,
Member of the Council of the
three Bishops to direct the Patriarchal Curie
from 1993 to 1995
President of the Patriarchal
Commission for the Vocations from 1993 to 1995
Member of the Permanent Synod as
In October 1999, he was elected by
the Bishops of the Holy Synod of the Catholic
Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of
and took the name Nerses Bedros XIX.
He remained in this position until
his death on June 25, 2015.
Condolence letter on demise of Catholicos Patriarch
Nerses Bedros XIX
Holiness Pope Francis
with great sadness that I have learned of the return to
the house of the Father of our beloved brother in
Christ, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians. I
conserve in my heart the memory of my encounter with
him, accompanied by the bishops of the Synod and the
faithful of this Patriarchal Church, on the occasion of
the commemoration of the victims of the Metz Yegern and
the proclamation of St. Gregory of Narek as Doctor of
the universal Church. It was as if these events lived in
the vicinity of the relics of the apostle St. Peter had
marked the long and faithful journey of your 'Caput et
Pater', revealing some of his most characteristic
above all, deeply rooted on the Rock that is Christ. He
held that the most valuable treasure that a bishop is
called upon to minister to is the faith that comes from
apostolic preaching. His Beatitude spared nothing in
ensuring its dissemination, especially by promoting the
continuing formation of the clergy so that, even in
difficult contexts, the ministers of God renew their
adhesion to Christ, the sole hope and consolation for
dedicated himself to ensuring that the just
commemoration of the sufferings of the Armenian people
throughout their history become an action of God's grace
considering the example of martyrs and witnesses, and at
the same time obtained from Him the balm of consolation
and reconciliation, which alone may heal the deepest
wounds of souls and of peoples.
“Patriarch Nerses was finally able to rejoice with the
Armenian people at the elevation of St. Gregory of Narek
to the luminous title of Doctor of the Church. His
Beatitude wished the spiritual influence of this great
saint be an example for pastors and faithful, convinced
that through St. Gregory of Narek everyone can
experience the wonders that the Lord is able to achieve
in the heart that opens up to Him in daily simplicity
and humility, and in solidarity with the drama of
humanity, through ceaseless intercession.
to perpetuate this triple heritage left to us by
Patriarch Nerses, we implore the Holy Spirit to continue
to renew the face of the Armenian Catholic Church,
through the commitment of pastors and faithful, and we
also entrust to the Father of all Mercy the labours,
linked to the limits and weaknesses of the condition of
the pilgrims on their way to the eternal homeland”.
His Holiness Karekin II,
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
On behalf of the members of
the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Supreme
Spiritual Council, His Holiness conveyed his deepest
sympathies and condolences to Pope Francis, the clergy
of the Armenian Catholic Church and the faithful.
The Armenian Pontiff
emphasized the dedicated service of the late Patriarch
in the life of the Armenian Catholic Church, for the
effectiveness of the Holy Church of Christ’s mission and
preservation and appreciation of spiritual heritage.
His Holiness prayed that the
Lord receive the soul of the late Patriarch in the
Heavenly Heights and grant consolation and comfort of
the Holy Spirit to the Brotherhood and the faithful of
the Armenian Catholic Church.
Serzh Sargsyan President of The Republic
It was with
deep sorrow that I learned of the passing away of
Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of Cilicia.
energetic and prestigious clergyman, for many years he
played a major role in the preservation of national
identity, the reinvigoration of spiritual and cultural
life, as well as in developing and deepening close ties
between the motherland and the diaspora.
As a member of the State Commission on Coordination of
the Events for the Commemoration of the 100th
Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the catholicos
patriarch brought his valuable and effective input into
the commission’s activities.
I express my
deepest sympathy for the demise of the eminent spiritual
leader and the merited Armenian,” reads the RA
president’s condolence letter.
Bako Sahakyan President of the
25 June Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a
condolence letter in connection with the death of
Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church
Nerses Petros XIX. The letter runs as follows:
"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the
death of Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic
Church Nerses Petros XIX.
The deceased Patriarch had a substantial
input in solving national issues, strengthening the
Motherland-Diaspora ties, maintaining the Armenian
national identity and developing inter-church dialogue.
On behalf of the Artsakh people,
authorities and personally myself I express my
condolences on this irretrievable loss. The memory of
Patriarch Nerses Petros XIX Tarmouni will always remain
bright in the hearts of our faithful people."
40th Mass on
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Bishop Robert Rabbat bishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in
Australia and New Zealand with Fr Fadi SALAME in commemorating his
Follow in the footsteps of
our dearly beloved
His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Catholicos and Patriarch of Cilicia for
all the Armenian Catholics
in the service of God and
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