YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 19, ARMENPRESS. The elections of the new patriarch of Jerusalem will be held in the Armenian Patriarchate on January 23-25. The Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Aris Shirvanian announced this in a conversation with "Armenpress". Archbishop Aris Shirvanian stated: "As you know the funerals of the deceased Patriarch are over now and 40 days after his death, the election of the new patriarch must be held. Notwithstanding this does not mean that the elections must be convened right in the 41st day, hence the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has decided to fix the date of the elections on January 23, 24 and 25."
Secret ballot is held at the council, where 5 candidacies are involved and after the second votes one of these 5 will become patriarch.
On October 12 Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Torkom Manoukyan passed away. He was a chairman of "Religion in American Life" Council. He also was a member of the council of directors of "Call of Conscience" foundation. He was the author of more than 20 monographs including three books of poetry, a study on Armenian Devine Liturgy, books dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and detailed guide to the holy sites of Jerusalem. Also the deceased Patriarch was a prominent expert on Komitas.