BBC report: ‘The last Armenians of Myanmar’


One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going – its congregation only occasionally reaches double figures. But the opening up of the country to outside investment and tourism is offering new hope.

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Reverend John Felix, priest at the Armenian church in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, can’t speak Armenian – but then neither can his congregation. Not that there is much of a congregation these days – just seven, myself included, on a recent Sunday morning.

The 150-year-old church enjoys an imposing location, at a street corner in downtown Yangon. It’s a beautiful building, a patch of calm in a bustling city. The Armenian Orthodox church of St John the Baptist – standing, suitably, on Merchant Street – is almost all that’s left of what was one of the city’s main…

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  1. Visit the Church, but don’t trust the man living there John Felix, who claims to be the resident Priest. He is neither a priest in the Anglican or Armenian Churches and is merely a Anglican deacon who is no longer recognised by the Anglican Church. He is illegally living on the grounds as a vagrant. Church services will from Oct 2014 onward be held weekly at the Church conducted by a legitimate Armenian priest from Calcutta, until a permanent priest is assigned. Check out the latest news from the BBC on this matter:

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