Georgian Orthodox Church

PAT. ILIA ANNOUNCES LOCUM TENENS OF GEORGIAN CHURCH

November 25, 2017 Featured
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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 […]

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PATRIARCH ILIA CELEBRATES 50TH MASS BAPTISM

September 24, 2017 Featured
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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. […]

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ANCIENT GEORGIAN MONASTERY TO BE RESTORED IN TURKEY

September 19, 2017 News
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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 […]

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PATRIARCH ILIA II BAPTIZES ANOTHER 1,173 CHILDREN

May 3, 2017 News
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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, […]

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GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESTORATION OF AUTOCEPHALY

March 28, 2017 Featured
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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 […]

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ANCIENT GEORGIAN GOSPEL COULD BE ADDED TO UNESCO HERITAGE LIST

February 12, 2017 News
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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. […]

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

January 2, 2017 Featured News
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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 […]

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PATRIARCH ILIA TO CELEBRATE 47TH MASS BAPTISM

December 22, 2016 News
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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 […]

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

October 5, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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

October 1, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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Radical Nationalist Groups, Georgian Orthodox Priests Protest Papal Visit

September 24, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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Meeting in Crete May Help Tackle Disputes Between Orthodox Churches

June 18, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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

June 13, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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IOCC Responds to Flash Flooding in Georgia

June 23, 2015 Featured News
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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 […]

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

June 19, 2015 Featured News

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 […]

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GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS SUPPORTED BY 91% OF RESPONDENTS

April 8, 2015 Featured News
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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 […]

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Vatican’s Foreign Minister Visits Georgia

September 16, 2014 News

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 […]

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

May 9, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Utah Philanthropist Meets with Leader of Georgian Orthodox Church

December 18, 2013 News

18/12/13 Award-winning author and philanthropist John M. Simmons recently traveled to Tbilisi, in the former Soviet State of Georgia, to meet with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II of All Georgia Mtskheta. Eighty-year-old Ilia has been the Patriarch and leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church since 1977. Because of health conditions common to his advanced […]

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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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Georgia Removes “666” from ID Cards

June 24, 2013 News

Giorgi Lomsadze – June 2013 When Tea Tsulukiani became Georgia’s justice minister her task seemed tough, but straightforward: Take former corrupt officials to task and build an apolitical, widely trusted institution. She worked hard, and, finally, made a chilling discovery: Many of Georgia’s government-issued personal IDs contain the number 666, which is, of course, the mark […]

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