Abkhaz Church cannot be independent without Georgian permission


The Abkhaz Church cannot become independent until the Georgian Orthodox Church gives permission, secretary of the All-Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II said, News Georgia reports.

A meeting was held at the Freedom Square in Sukhumi on Friday. People filed a letter demanding separation from the Georgian Orthodox Church.

The meeting was inspired by a visit of Abkhaz Patriarchy to Istanbul where Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew organized talks.

The letter thanks the Russian Orthodox Church for support after the war in 1992-1993 and expressed hope for further improvement of ties with the Abkhaz Orthodox Church.

Gratefulness was expressed for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I for the opportunity to start the process of restoring the ancient Abkhaz Orthodox Church through the historic Mother Church of Abkhazia.