AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It will be such an important event for me,” said Knar Kortoshian, a member of the Western Prelacy. “It is our Catholicos paying his respect to our martyrs’ monument and speaking on our rights as human beings.” The pontiff’s historic trip is focused on the theme of “Toward the Light of Knowledge.” Aram I serves as the moderator for the World Council of Churches, an organization representing more than 400 million Christians worldwide. After visiting Montebello, he is scheduled to participate in a number of religious ceremonies, education programs and youth forums in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. His holiness was elected in 1995 as head of the Great House of Cilicia, the diaspora branch of the church, based in Lebanon. During his many years of service, he has assumed important responsibilities in the Armenian Catholiscosate of Cilicia, as well as the worldwide ecumenical movement. MONTEBELLO — Area Armenians were anxiously awaiting the arrival today of the spiritual leader of one of the Armenian Apostolic Church’s two branches, who will visit the city’s memorial to Armenian genocide victims. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will conduct a brief religious ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument, which commemorates the estimated 1.5 million Armenians believed to have been massacred by the Turkish government in 1915. “This is an occasion that does not come often, the tremendous opportunity to see him and meet him,” said Zanku Armenian, spokesman for the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, the church’s administrative body for the Western United States, which is hosting today’s event. The local visit at 10 a.m. in Bicknell Park is one of many stops in the pontiff’s 15-day visit to California to mark the 90th anniversary of the mass killings. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!