BELMONT, Mass. (AP) — Bishop Hovhannes Tertzakian, former leader of the Armenian Catholic Church in the United States and Canada, died after being struck by a car while walking near his home. He was 78.
From 1995 to 2000, Tertzakian led the Apostolic Exarchate for Armenian Catholics in the United States and Canada, overseeing about 36,000 Armenian Catholics from his headquarters at St. Ann's Cathedral in New York. He died Monday. (An exarchy is a church jurisdiction established for Eastern Catholics living outside their native lands.)
Tertzakian was struck by a car in front of his home in Belmont, a Boston suburb, on Monday. The matter is under investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.