Georgia’s Orthodox Church urges ban on LGBT rights rally

Agence France-Presse - 16/5/13 The head of Georgia’s influential Orthodox Church called Thursday on the authorities to ban a gay rights rally set to be held in the deeply religious country. The call came a day before gay rights activists were to stage a brief demonstration in central Tbilisi to mark the International Day against Homophobia. “Any religious ...

Bidzina Ivanishvili: Let’s first make church renovation, then start dispute

St. Nshan church in Tbilisi, Georgia

27/2/13 The renovation of the Armenian theater in Tbilisi, as well as six churches will be implemented by the means of Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzini Ivanishvili’s fund, the Georgian Embassy in Armenia informed earlier this week. For several years the Armenian churches in Georgia have been a matter of dispute between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the ...

Catholicos Patriarch’s traditional Christmas epistle

8/1/2013 Ilia II, Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia, celebrated Christmas and addressed residents of Georgia with his traditional Christmas epistle. “First of all we are responsible for our country, God and each other.” According to the patriarch’s address, everybody’s portion of responsibility is essential. “Everybody’s function is very important, but the higher the rank, the higher the ...

Georgian Church Leader Meets Ivanishvili

Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II and Bidzina Ivanishvili after the meeting in the Patriarchate on November 15. Photo: InterPressNews

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 15/11/2011 Billionaire-turned-politician, Bidzina Ivanishvili, met with Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II in the Patriarchate on Tuesday evening. After the meeting the Patriarch and Ivanishvili appeared jointly before the press to make brief statements. “We are glad that Bidzina Ivanishvili came to the Patriarchate. We talked about many issues, especially about Georgia’s future ...

Georgia Church Leader: Ivanishvili Should Have Georgian Citizenship

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 13/11/2011 Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, said President Saakashvili should restore billionaire philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian citizenship, which he has lost following his announcement about going into politics last month. “There is much talk about whether Bidzina Ivanishvili should have or not the Georgian citizenship. Of course he should have it, ...