The Armenian Apostolic (also known as Armenian Orthodox) Church, Catholicosate of Cilicia, was founded by the Apostles, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. Armenia was the first nation to declare Christianity as a state religion, in 301 AD. The Armenian Catholicosate was originally established in Armenia and was transferred to Sis, Cilicia, in 1293, and to Antelias, Lebanon, in 1930.
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