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6th August, 2005

Armenians were the first Christians. In the third century the country officially declared itself Christian. Despite a deep and violent schism between Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Catholic) Christianity in the 11th century,many of our present-day religious rituals and holy days are Armenian in origin.

One of the most symbolic Armenian rites was to locate all churches on the site of a freshwater well, and this tradition continues in Catholic countries of the Mediterranean. Water...

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