Georgian Orthodox Church takes aim at Armenian Churches

Neil Hauer, Bradley Jardine - Eurasianet - 06/11/18 Situated in a back alley just off the vibrant Aghmashenebeli Street, where a string of new restaurants cater to tourists enjoying the laid-back pedestrian lane, Tandoyants Church can be hard to spot. Tandoyants was once testimony to the significant Armenian population in Tbilisi. But after decades of neglect, first by ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Sends Condolences to the Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church

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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 22/7/18 On July 16, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; sent a letter of condolence to Ilia II, the Patriarch of All Georgia; expressing condolences on the tragedy that took place in the Tghibuli mine. The letter of condolence states in part: “From the Mother See ...

ANOTHER 1,000 CHILDREN BAPTIZED BY PATRIARCH ILIA OF GEORGIA

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Orthochristian.com - 27/4/18 The Georgian people have again expressed their great love of and trust in His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, bringing more than 1,000 children to be baptized and become the primate’s Godchildren in a mass ceremony. This 53rd such mass Baptism took place on Sunday at Tbilisi’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, with more than 1,000 ...

Patriarchs of Constantinople and Georgia celebrate Episcopal-Enthronement Anniversary

OCP News Service - 28/12/17 The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople His All -Holiness Bartholomew (Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch) celebrated his 44th episcopal consecration anniversary on 25 December 2017. Read Bio here: Georgian Orthodox Church His Holiness Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia celebrated his 40th enthronement anniversary on 25 December 2017. Read bio here: Source: OCP News Service

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 ...

PATRIARCH ILIA CELEBRATES 50TH MASS BAPTISM

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Orthochristian.com - 24/9/17 On September 21, the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Holiness Patriarch-Catholics Ilia II of Georgia celebrated his 50th mass Baptism, reports the site of the Georgian Orthodox Church. His Holiness again became Godfather to more than 600 newly-baptized children during the service held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. The patriarch ...

ANCIENT GEORGIAN MONASTERY TO BE RESTORED IN TURKEY

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Orthochristian.com - 19/9/17 A tenth century Georgian Orthodox monastery of historic importance found in the northeastern Turkish village of Altiparmak is set to be restored by a group of both Georgian and Turkish experts. The team from the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the State Academy of Arts began its work on Parkhali ...

PATRIARCH ILIA II BAPTIZES ANOTHER 1,173 CHILDREN

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Pravoslavie.ru - 3/5/17 This past Sunday the holy Myrrhbearing Women were celebrated in all Orthodox churches throughout the world, and on the day of these holy women who became the first witnesses and heralds of the Lord’s Resurrection, more than 1,000 Georgian children were united to the risen Lord in the holy Sacrament of Baptism, reports ...

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. ...

ANCIENT GEORGIAN GOSPEL COULD BE ADDED TO UNESCO HERITAGE LIST

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Pravoslavie.ru - 12/2/17 An ancient Georgian Gospel manuscript could be added to a UNESCO heritage list after Georgian National Archives specialists made the amazing discovery of more ancient layers of text underneath that presently visible. It turns out the text is a palimpsest, meaning each line of Scripture was erased and retraced in newer layers. The oldest ...

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 ...

PATRIARCH ILIA TO CELEBRATE 47TH MASS BAPTISM

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Pravoslavie.ru - 22/12/16 On December 24, His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia will celebrate his forty-seventh mass baptism, reports Blagovest. With the first mass baptism on January 19, 2008, Patriarch Ilia commenced his initiative to help improve the dire demographic situation in Georgia caused by post-Soviet abortion rates. Such mass celebrations are held four times a ...

‘WITH LOVE FOR TRUTH’ On Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II and the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia

pravoslavie.ru - 5/10/16 From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 Pope Francis visited the ancient Orthodox nation of Georgia, celebrating Mass in a Tbilisi stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the capital’s small Catholic population. Hierarchs of the Georgian Orthodox Church were noticeably absent. As it should be. The media is variously reporting the absence of any official Georgian Orthodox ...

Pope Francis Holds Warm Meeting With Head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church

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Sputniknews - October 2016 Pope Francis has expressed willingness to maintain friendship with Georgia, calling it a "sacred" nation during his meeting with the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church in Tbilisi, the country’s capital. TBILISI (Sputnik) – In February, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, held historic talks with Pope Francis in Cuba’s capital, ...

Radical Nationalist Groups, Georgian Orthodox Priests Protest Papal Visit

By Nicholas Waller - Georgia Today - September 2016 TBILISI – A group of Georgian Orthodox ultranationalists and priests held a rally Wednesday afternoon outside the Vatican Embassy in Tbilisi to protest the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The group claimed the papal visit is an affront to the purity of the Georgian Orthodox and an insult ...

Meeting in Crete May Help Tackle Disputes Between Orthodox Churches

www.sputniknews.com - 17/6/16 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill noted the importance of a meeting of the heads of churches at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete and expressed hope the meeting would promote preparations for the Pan-Orthodox Council. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Greek island of Crete on June 16-26 was set to host the council, ...

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 ...

IOCC Responds to Flash Flooding in Georgia

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June 2015- IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Torrential rains that fell on the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on June 13 caused flash flooding along the Mtkvari River, resulting in the loss of life, extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure in a matter of just a few hours. According to IOCC staff based in Tbilisi, ...

CONDOLENCES OF THE PRIMATE OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OVER DEADLY FLOODS IN GEORGIA

June 2015 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to the Primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church, people and leaders of Georgia over the flood that has caused victims and destruction. To: His Excellency Mr. Margvelashvili, President of Georgia Your Excellency, highly respected Giorgi Parmenovich: With profound grief I have learned of the natural ...

GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS SUPPORTED BY 91% OF RESPONDENTS

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  Pravoslavie.ru - 8/4/15 Results of the new survey research carried out by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Georgia have been published. According to the survey, 91% of the respondents support the activity of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Church activity is not supported by 3% of the respondents, while 6% of them had no settled opinion on the matter. ...

Vatican’s Foreign Minister Visits Georgia

Civil Georgia - September 2014 Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, met Georgian leadership in Tbilisi on September 15 and also held talks with head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, on September 14. President Giorgi Margvelashvili and PM Irakli Garibashvili thanked the Vatican for supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and invited Pope ...