Södertälje, Sweden — A cross-stone dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims was solemnly opened and consecrated in the yard of the Armenian Church of St. Virgin Mary in the Swedish city of Södertälje. The ceremony was led by His Grace Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan.
Armenian Ambassador to Sweden Artak Apitonyan, Södertälje Major Boel Godner and Fr. Tiran Petrosyan, Pontifical Legate for Central Europe and Scandinavia, offered opening remarks.
Attending the event were representatives of Swedish state bodies and sister churches, members of the Armenian community.
Ambassador Apitonyan noted that “the first-ever cross-stone dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims unveiled in Sweden is not only of religious and cultural value.” “It also symbolizes the devotion of the Armenian community of Sweden to national identity, as well as the decisiveness of the Armenian nation to continue the struggle for the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide,” he said.