Armenia adopted Christianity as a state religion earlier than any other country (301 A.D.). The church is called ‘Apostolic Church of Armenia’ because it was founded directly by Christ’s disciples, apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew. It also has the denomination ‘Gregorian Church’ which comes from the name of St. Gregory the Illuminator – the founder of the first Christian Armenian church at Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). The Armenian Apostolic Church, in contrast with the Catholic and Orthodox churches, has defended the Monophysite credo according to which there is only one divine nature in the person of Christ.


St. Etchmiadzin is the religious capital of all Armenians throughout the world and the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. 95% of the population of Armenia is Armenian Apostolic.


On 25 September 2001 the Armenian soil was visited and kissed by Pope John Paul II on the 1700th anniversary of Armenia’s conversion to Christianity.


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