17 Dersim­ Armenians take another step of returning to their Armenian identity, so that they were baptized in the Armenian Church of Istanbul­Yeşilköy and adopted the Christianity. The Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople His Grace Archbishop Aram Ateshian presided over the baptismal ceremony. The Founder and former President of the Union of Dersim Armenians Miran Prkich stated in his talk with “Armenpress” that along with the baptismal ceremony, two couples got married at the church. He said that before the baptism the Dersim­ Armenians took courses for 6 month, which were prepared by the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. “As in other matters, in this case, too, we will be progressive and quickly introduce our own nation to Dersim­ Armenians,” Prkich highlighted.

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