Diocese of Artik

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Diocese of Artik

Արթիկի թեմ
Location
CountryArmenia
Statistics
Population
- Total
(as of 2016 est.)
~60,000
Information
DenominationArmenian Apostolic Church
RiteArmenian Rite
Established2012
CathedralVaragatun Saint Gregory Cathedral, Artik
Current leadership
PatriarchKarekin II
PrimateArchimendrite Narek Avagyan

Diocese of Artik (Armenian: Արթիկի թեմ Artiki t'em), is a diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church covering the southern part of Shirak Province of Armenia, including the towns of Artik, Maralik, and their surrounding villages.

The diocese is based in the historical Armenian town of Artik, within the historic Shirak canton of Ayrarat province of ancient Greater Armenia.

The Diocese of Artik was officially founded on 2 December 2012, when it was separated from the Diocese of Shirak, upon a kontakion issued by Catholicos Karekin II.[1] The seat of the diocese is the 7-th century Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, currently being entirely reconstructed. The prelacy is based in the nearby Varagatun religious complex, consecrated in 2012.[2]

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