Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Travel to Holy Land to Baptize Daughter North West

( [email protected] ) Apr 13, 2015 08:07 PM EDT
Kim Kardashian
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U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian (C) holds her toddler daughter North West as they arrive for a baptism ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint James.

Rapper Kanye West and his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, recently traveled to Jerusalem's Old City for the baptism of their daughter, North West, at the historic Armenian Cathedral.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the famous couple baptized their daughter, who wore a long white dress, at the 12th century Cathedral of St. James on Monday afternoon. The ancient cathedral is located near the Armenian Quarter's entry gate and is dedicated to James the Greater (one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus) and James the Just (brother of Jesus).

"It's a baptism that will take place," Archbishop Aris Shirvanian told reporters gathered at the entrance to the church.

"Kim Kardashian's daughter will be baptized and become a Christian officially and a member of the Armenian church," he explained. "All I know is that she's a famous personality. I don't know her in person. In any case she is welcome with her family."

There were no details on the ceremony, and the family left the church without speaking to reporters, according to the AFP. 

Related: Pope Francis Angers Turkey by Describing 1915 Armenian Mass Killings as 'Genocide' 

In addition to baptizing their daughter, the high-profile couple is expected to tour holy sites including the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site in the Old City, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter during their visit to the Holy Land before continuing to Jordan on Tuesday.

While Kardashian and her family are not particularly religious, West often professes to be a devout Christian and has said he hopes to raise his daughter with strong Christian values.

"Its such a blessing," West said about baby North, explaining that she has helped him  "really create and really do God's work."

West and his wife flew to Israel after a five-day visit to Armenia, homeland of Kardashian's ancestors, where on Friday she placed flowers in Yerevan at a memorial to mass killings of Armenians by forces of the Ottoman empire, which began in 1915 and saw the deaths of over 1.5 million people.

While many historians describe the World War I slaughter as the 20th century's first genocide, Turkey continues to deny the accusations. 

Previously writing on her blog about her ancestral country, Kim explained that she feels a strong connection to her roots: "My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage. My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots. Every year, I honor the memory of the martyrs who were killed during the 1915 Armenian Genocide."