His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and spiritual leader of Armenian Diaspora, visited Glendale Memorial Hospital Friday as part of a larger tour of Southern California.

Having proclaimed 2011 “The Year of the Armenian Child,” the pontiff bestowed blessings to some of the hospital’s patients, newborns and other visitors, organizers said.

The pontiff’s itinerary for his 20-day tour includes a lecture at UCLA and visits to local churches, school and other organizations.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News