Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen and Yerevan Radio

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The patriarchal visit of the Catholicos of All Armenians of Vazgen I to India took place in November 1963. There is one, at first glance, an incredible story associated with this visit of the Catholicos. Nevertheless, according to many testimonies, the case presented below was told by the translator Kuselyan, who was personally present at the meeting of Catholicos Vazgen I and the President of India.

On the eve of the meeting the master of ceremonies of the Presidential Palace paid a visit to the Armenian Catholicos. He began to explain in detail that the meeting was scheduled for 3:00 pm, and the retinue would be in place 10 minutes before it began. Then the doors will open and President of India Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan will come out to the guests.

The next day, the Armenian spiritual leader arrived at the presidential residence at exactly the appointed time. After President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan came out to the guests, those present themselves had to go to the Indian leader to greet him.

However, Radhakrishnan opened his arms, leaving aside the official part, and said: "Welcome, Your Holiness". After that, the president asked an unexpected for everyone question: “Ask, please, did the spiritual leader bring one of Yerevan radio anecdotes with him?”.

In response, the Catholicos asked what kind of anecdote the Indian president had heard.

Armenian jokes were known then thanks to the famous Armenians.

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