PAT. ILIA ANNOUNCES LOCUM TENENS OF GEORGIAN CHURCH

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Orthochristian.com - 25/11/17 His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II chose today, when the Georgian Church is celebrating its greatly-beloved feast of the martyrdom of St. George, to make an historic announcement. Shortly before celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. George-Kashveti in the center of the capital, the primate announced a locum tenens for the patriarchal ...

GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESTORATION OF AUTOCEPHALY

Pravoslavie.ru - 28/3/17 A festive service was celebrated on March 25 in Mtskheta’s Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, northeast of the capital city of Tbilisi, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s ancient autocephaly. The Divine Liturgy was led by His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, the most trusted man in the nation. ...

FINAL DECISION OF CHURCH OF GEORGIA ON THE COUNCIL OF CRETE (SUMMARY)

Orthodox Ethos - Pravoslavie.ru - 2/1/17 The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the "Council of Crete." We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering. It was initially reported that the Holy Synod ...

GEORGIAN PATRIARCH EXPLAINS WHY IT WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

Pravoslavie.ru -13/6/16 The Georgian Orthodox Church has decided not to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, because there are certain issues which it finds unacceptable, announced the Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, reports RIA-Novosti. Earlier the Georgian Orthodox Church made public the eleven point agenda of the meeting of the Holy Synod, clarifying the reasons why it is not participating ...

MEETING DEVOTED TO PATRIARCH ILIYA II OF GEORGIA AT ST TIKHON’S ORTHODOX UNIVERSITY

On November 24, 2015, the presentation of the book ‘A Servant of God’ devoted to the life and work of His Holiness Iliya II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, took place at the St. Tikhon Orthodox University of the Humanities (STOUH). It was a follow-up of the presentation of this book which took place on October ...

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia condemns explosion in Sakdrisi

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia condemns explosion in Sakdrisi

15/12/14 Patriarchate of Georgia has released a special statement which reads the following: ‘’The fact of exploding the Sakdrisi gold field has caused our great concern. We cannot understand how the Culture ministry has issued permission to destroy the cultural monument while scientists and civil society were against it.’’ According to the statement all corresponding agencies should have ...

Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Condemns the Assault on Armenian Church in Tbilisi 

23/7/14 Based upon a press release from the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia, on July 19, 2014, a premeditated hooligan irresponsible action was committed against the Armenian people and the Armenian Church of Holy Etchmiadzin in the suburb of Tbilisi, Georgia. A short time later this disturbing action was developed further by another group of ...

Georgian Church Leader: ‘Believers will not Accept’ Anti-Discrimination Law

May 2014 “How can illegality be legalized? Legalizing illegality is a huge sin and that’s exactly what I have spoken out about" - Patriarch Ilia II. Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, said of anti-discrimination legislation, adopted by the Parliament last week, that legalization of “illegality is a huge sin” and it will not ...

Russians and Georgians brethren in religion – Georgian Patriarch

14/3/2012 Georgian church leader congratulates Putin on election win. In a message to Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin, Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, congratulated him with election victory and told him that Georgia would never tolerate “tearing away” Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “I think that your huge experience will contribute to strengthening of peace and welfare ...

Handing over of Armenian churches must be based on principles of equality – Georgian patriarch

23/1/2012 The Georgian Orthodox Church passed a statement after the fire at the Church of St. Nikolai (Surb Nshan) on Serebryanaya Str. in Tbilisi. The Georgian patriarch says that the church needs enforcement. A joint commission should be organized for archeological studies. Georgian and Armenian officials must take part in the process to give impartial results. Churches require ...

Head of Georgian Church Meets Ivanishvili

Patriarch Ilia II in his residence shows Bidzina Ivanishvili and his wife Ekaterine Khvedelidze a new, large triptych-type icon. Photo: Ivanishvili’s press office.

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 25/12/2011 Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, met on December 24 in the Patriarchate with billionaire philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili for the second time since the latter went into the politics. “I will tell you briefly about developments since our last meeting [in November],” Ivanishvili, who came to the Patriarchate together with ...

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 ...

Georgian Church calls for calm despite irritation at ‘hasty’ Law

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze 13/7/2011 The Holy Synod’s decision regarding giving legal status to other faiths in the country, as well as some other Church matters, was announced late on July 11. A written statement by the Holy Synod reiterated the Patriarchate’s dissatisfaction that the legislative amendment was passed hastily without proper consultations with the Georgian Orthodox Church ...

Law on legal status of religious units in Georgia enters into Force

7/7/2011 PanARMENIAN.Net - Legislative amendment allowing religious minority groups to be registered as legal entities of public law, went into force after being published on July 6 by the state online registry of legal acts. Posting of the document by Sakanonmdeblo Matsne (legislation herald) means that it has been signed into law by President Saakashvili - a ...

Georgian Church Slams Law on Religious Groups’ Legal Status

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 6/7/2011 A legislative amendment allowing religious minority groups to be registered as legal entities of public law “contravenes interests of both the Church and the country,” the Georgian Orthodox Church said in a statement late on July 5. “We believe, that this law will bring negative consequences in the nearest future and the authorities ...

A week of unfulfilled hopes: visit of Catholicos of All Armenians to Georgia

22/6/2011 If we describe the visit of Catholicos of All Armenians to Georgia, we can say it was a hope, which clashed with reality. Hrant Mikaelyan, scientific collaborator of the Caucasus Institute, said during talk with Times.am reporter. “Situation of Armenian churches in Georgia has become worse and worse during the years. If 26 acting Armenian Churches ...

Armenian, Georgian Church Leaders Reach Impasse

16/6/2011 YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The spiritual leaders of Armenia and Georgia have failed to reach any concrete agreements on disputes between their state-backed churches after nearly one week of negotiations held during Catholicos Karekin II’s visit to Georgia. The supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox Church publicly disagreed on the ...

Progress Reported In Resolution Of Georgian-Armenian Church Disputes

13.06.2011 Karine Simonian The Armenian Apostolic Church said over the weekend that its supreme head, Catholicos Garegin II, reached agreements with Georgia’s political and spiritual leaders that will help to resolve its long-running disputes with the Georgian Orthodox Church. Garegin met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II at the start of a weeklong visit to ...

Georgian Church leader praises late Abkhazian President

The Late Sergei Bagapsh

Tbilisi, June 6, Interfax - The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church has offered his condolences to the family of late Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh and called him "a dignified member of the Abkhazian people and Orthodox Christian." "On behalf of the Georgian Orthodox Church, I wish to express sincere condolences over the death of Mr. ...

Georgian Church Says ‘Ignored’ in Turkish-Georgian Talks on Restoring Historic Sites

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 7/2/2011 The Georgian Orthodox Church has again spoken out against potential deal between Georgia and Turkey, which, if signed, will pave the way for reconstruction of four Georgian medieval monasteries, now located in north-east Turkey, in exchange of rebuilding one and restoring of several other mosques in Georgia. The similar agreement was close to finalizing ...

Georgian Church Leader Slams Public TV Talk Show

17/12/2010 Civil Georgia, Tbilisi A talk show on public TV, discussing critically developments within the Georgian Orthodox Church, triggered a strong condemnation from the Patriarch Ilia II calling the TV program “more than bad” and “anti-national”. Public Broadcaster’s program, Dialogue with Davit Paichadze, late on December 16 focused on unsigned letter purportedly by “a well-informed” author, distributed recently ...