Armenia: The Bishop of the Border

By Arus Hakobyan


Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan looks radiant as he shows the Japanese ambassador to Armenia, Jun Yamada, the new social educational center being built in a town in his parish of Tavush, a northwestern Armenian region which borders Azerbaijan. Optimism is a scarce commodity here. Gunfire is the norm.

The 47-year-old Armenian Apostolic Church bishop, a native of the Armenian town of Gyumri, lives in Ijevan, the region’s main town, and has been in charge of the diocese since 2015. Supporting the life of a community constantly under fire has become his main calling. It is a world away from his former parish in Montreal, Canada, where he led the Church’s local diocese for 10 years.

 


 

September, 2018 Religious Beliefs

 


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