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Gregoris Shokhikyan talks about the life and works of Gregory of Narek, the 7th-century Armenian monk whom Pope Francis declared a universal doctor of the Catholic Church. Gregory wrote during a time when politics between Byzantium and the Arab world had to be navigated. He came from a notable family, where his father, a bishop called Khosrov faced controversies for his views. The Thondrakian Movement, a heretical Christian sect of the time which opposed official church sacraments was a significant backdrop for Gregory's writing. Gregory, through his writings, emphasized the importance of ceaseless ascetic prayer for achieving the divine union.
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Provisional captions. Produced in September 2023.