Patriarch: ‘Church Will Do Everything To Make Georgia EU Member’

March 7, 2014 Featured News

7/3/14 (Civil.Ge) — Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, said during a meeting with visiting EU official that the Church “will do everything” to help Georgia become EU member. “We are very pleased that Georgia, which has gone through a hard period of Communist regime, is today heading towards the European structures. The European Union is an […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Received President of Georgia

March 1, 2014 Featured News

March 2014 On February 28, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; welcomed Mr. Grigori Margvelashvili, President of Georgia; in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Accompanying him was Mr. Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, with the attendance of His Eminence Archbishop Arshak Kachatryan, Chancellor […]

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Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered

February 26, 2014 Featured News

26/2/14 On February 22, 2014, in the Georgian town of Mtskheta—the former capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia—a significant event happened at the Samtavro Convent, which Orthodox Christians of Georgia and all over the world had waited with great reverence and love. The holy relics of the great elder and wonder-worker, Blessed Father […]

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Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia to visit Georgia

January 26, 2014 News

26/1/14 Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill plans to visit Georgia. Details of the Russian church’s visit to Georgia will be known in two weeks, Georgian patriarch’s protopresbyter, Tbilisi Theological Academy Rector Giorgi Zviadadze told journalists on Friday. “When a new patriarch is enthroned in line with tradition, he visits all the local churches. These for example, […]

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Georgia: Orthodox manifest

January 19, 2014 Featured News

Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza Vestnik Kavkaza – Janaury 2014 The Christmas sermon by Catholicos Patriarch of all-Georgia Ilya II stirred up public opinion. There were several clashes near the patriarchy and several press conferences of church officials who had to explain the position of the head of Church on artificial insemination, conceiving […]

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Georgian Ambassador meets with Serbian Patriarch

January 18, 2014 News

January 2014 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to Belgrade, as well as representatives of the Association of Serbia-Georgia, Mr. Dragan Kovacevic and Mrs. Dubravka Nesic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 16 January 2014. Source:  

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Georgian Patriarch asks Europe not to impose alien ideas on nation

January 8, 2014 Featured News

Tbilisi, January 7, Interfax – Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia has urged the European Union to take into account Georgia’s determination to adhere to it traditional values. “The European Union should take into account our traditional views and not impose the ideals of same-sex “marriages” and same-sex “families” that are alien to us here,” […]

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Bone relic in Goa church might be from Georgian Queen: DNA study

December 30, 2013 Featured News

The Hindu – December 2013 The first ancient DNA study in South Asia has revealed that a 400-year-old bone relic kept in St. Augustinian Church in Goa is likely to be a remnant of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (eastern Europe), who was born in a royal family in 1565 in the medieval period. A team […]

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Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia blessed Wounded Military

December 28, 2013 News

27/12/13 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia hosted Georgian wounded military servicemen at the Patriarchate of Georgia. Military servicemen wounded in the August War 2008, in international missions, and while performing service duties, will undergo a prosthesis program in the Peter Harsch Prosthetics Clinic, San Diego, California, USA. Before traveling to the USA, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II blessed […]

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Patriarch: Decisive steps should be taken to unite Georgia

December 22, 2013 Featured News

By Nana Kirtzkhalia – Trend – 22/12/13 On Dec.21 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II received the head of the EU Monitoring Mission Toivo Klaar and members of the mission. Part of the meeting was closed to journalists. The head of the mission asked the patriarch’s opinion on what can be done to improve the […]

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Georgia: Patriarch Warns that Local Self-Government Could Lead to Country’s “Disintegration”

December 14, 2013 Featured News

Giorgi Lomsadze - December 2013 The powerful Georgian Orthodox Church again has revived a fierce debate over whether or not it should act, essentially, as Georgia’s fourth branch of government. This time around, Patriarch Ilia II, the Church’s highly revered, 80-year-old veteran leader, has weighed into the seemingly secular issue of regional self-governance with a warning […]

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Georgian Priests Should Remember Jesus’ Words

December 14, 2013 News

By Paul  Rimple - 14/12/13 The charitable State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, or SOCAR,  has begun providing free gas to some 200 churches throughout Georgia  at a value of about $600,000. While it is still unclear whether  Armenian churches will also be recipients of this giveaway, we do know  the Georgian Orthodox Church will benefit […]

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Short overview of wine in Georgia

November 12, 2013 News

November 2013 According to a Georgian legend, God took a supper break while he was creating the world. He became so involved in his meal that he by accident tripped over the high peaks of the Caucasus and as a result he spilled his own food onto the land below. The land below blessed with […]

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“Devil’s mark” is beheld in Georgia

October 3, 2013 News

Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza 2/10/13 In Tbilisi a big protest against ID-cards took place near the Justice House. The protest was organized by “the Orthodox Council” whose leaders state that cards “contain the Number of the Beast and the Antichrist’s mark.” The Ministry of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani, officially addressed the Holy Synod […]

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A Mysterious Mass Conversion From Islam to Orthodox Christianity in Georgia

September 19, 2013 Featured News

Ian Hamel 19/9/13 In 1991, 75% of Adjarians in Georgia were Muslims. Today, they have become 75% Orthodox Christians. How can these conversions be explained, which is apparently unique in the world? “What time do services begin at Saint Nicholas in Batumi on Sunday morning?” The question embarrasses the employee of the President Plaza, […]

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Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia concerned about situation in Syria

September 12, 2013 Featured News

Trend N.Kirtzkhalia – 12/9/13 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is concerned about the situation in Syria, which can develop into a full-scale war, he said on Wednesday during a meeting in Tbilisi with the U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Thomas Melia. “We are very worried because of the situation that has developed in […]

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Georgian Orthodox Christians Protest Minaret Restoration

August 31, 2013 News

31/8/13 A group of Orthodox Christians in Georgia’s southern Samtskhe-Javakheti Province are protesting the restoration of the minaret of a local mosque. Activists in the region’s capital, Akhaltsikhe, blocked a road leading to the village of Chela on August 29 in an attempt to stop the return of the dismantled minaret. Local authorities removed the […]

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Tbilisi Armenians Raise Funds for Syrian Armenians

August 6, 2013 News

6/8/13 TBILISI—Responding to the call of His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II to help fellow Armenians in Syria, Armenians in Tbilisi, organizing a variety of events, have raised funds to help Syrian Armenians. The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to Georgia, the “Hayartun” Cultural Center at the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, Gary Davtian Puppet and […]

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Abkhazia: faith and political technologies

August 6, 2013 Featured News

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 […]

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Anti-Gay Riot In Tblisi Tests Balance Between Church, State

July 31, 2013 News

31/7/13 While gay rights have been gaining ground in the West, they’ve been facing a strong backlash in many countries of the former Soviet Union. Russia recently passed a law that makes it a crime to give information about “non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors. Gay rights advocates say the wording of the law is so vague that it can […]

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Body and soul in Armenia

July 27, 2013 News

Stephen Scourfield, The West Australian 27/7/13 In AD301, Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity as its national religion. Indeed, many think of it as Christianity’s real birthplace. I have just walked through the Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, which is the oldest state-built church in the world, constructed between AD301 and AD303 […]

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