Abkhazia: faith and political technologies

Pavel Martynov, exclusive to VK - 6/8/13 Last week ended with the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, in which the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II discussed not only the role of churches in the normalization of Russian-Georgian relations, which seemed particularly relevant ...

Abkhaz Church cannot be independent without Georgian permission

7/2/2012 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 ...

Attempt to create Abkhaz “metropolia” will cause deadlock – Russian Orthodox Church

Moscow, May 17, Interfax - The creation of a new "metropolia" in Abkhazia announced late last week will only make it more difficult to resolve the Abkhaz church issue, the Moscow Patriarchate has said. "The church canon laws do not involve the making of decisions to create new metropolitanates, let alone autocephalous churches, at "clerical-laic" congresses. ...

Orthodox Church near schism in Abkhazia

05/17/2011 The clash between the so-called youth wing, linked to the Georgian Church, and the pro-Moscow faction worsens. An inter-Orthodox congress has been called to discuss the status of a local independent Church. Moscow (AsiaNews) – After achieving its political independence, Abkhazia could be on its way to having its own Orthodox Church. De facto independent since ...

Georgian Patriarchate urges to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians

Tbilisi, May 16, Interfax - Georgian Patriarchate urged to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians. "It appears that the cause of this congress is an internal standoff. We ask the congress participants and all Orthodox believers living in Abkhazia to raise above the processes inspired by outside forces (which are the cause of the existing ...