Putin Congratulates Georgian Orthodox Church Leader

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi - 12/1/13 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulated Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ilia II on his 80th birthday and 35th anniversary of enthronement. Putin says in the message, posted on the Russian President’s website on January 11, that Patriarch Ilia II’s leadership of the Georgian Orthodox Church is “exemplary” and his contribution to strengthening of ...

Georgian Orthodox Church Leader To Visit Moscow

3/1/2013 (Civil.Ge) — Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, will visit Moscow later this month to receive an award from Russian Orthodox Church’s International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN). Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, who will turn 80 on January 4, said on Wednesday, that he would receive an award at ...

Financing of Church from state budget to increase in 2013

GEORGIA ONLINE - 6th November 2012 According to the draft budget for 2013, funding of the Georgian Orthodox Church from the state budget increases from GEL 22.8 to GEL 25 million (USD15 million). Notably, two weeks ago the “Georgian Dream” collation announced the new government did not plan to finance the Church from the budget. David Berdzenishvili ...

Church Leader Calls Against ‘Misuse’ of Prison Abuse Case

25/9/2012 Civil Georgia Georgian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Ilia II, has called on “everyone not to misuse” prison abuse case for “humiliation of Georgia”. “Developments of the recent days are a huge shame for our nation and for our country,” he said earlier on September 21 in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. “Things like this happen in ...

Georgia: Orthodox Church Looks Askance at Proliferation of Yoga Studies

Molly Corso 1/9/2012 A growing number of Georgians are turning to yoga to shake off the stress of daily life. But their quest for inner calm and smaller waists is generating hostility from the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church. Over the past two years, yoga has gone from a largely unknown Eastern tradition to a popular fitness routine in ...

Patriarch Preached about Importance of Culture of Listening

25/6/2012 The Georgian Orthodox Church The Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second spoke about the importance of culture of listening on the church service today. He said that people who think that what they speak is the only truth is a big mistake and such people will always be defeated. "Everyone should listen to others, small ...

Head of Georgian Orthodox Church sent address to IV Religious Congress

31/5/2012 Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II has sent an address to the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which is taking place these days in Astana. "Peace at home, peace around the world is a great value, the grace of God. And we need to strive towards this," Ilia II said in ...

Georgian, Azerbaijani FMs Discuss Disputed Border Section in Monastery Complex Area

Davit Gareji Monastery‎

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 19/5/2012 Georgian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers held a phone conversation on May 17 to discuss a recent controversy, caused after repositioning of Azerbaijani border guards on May 6 in a disputed border section running through Davit Gareji monastery complex, no longer allowing visitors from Georgia to access some of the sites of the ...

Georgian Orthodox church patriarch’s mass baptisms boost birth rate

Georgian babies are baptised at the Holy Trinity cathedral in Tbilis by Patriarch Ilia II. Photograph: Shakh Aivazov/AP

Associated Press in Tblisi 6/5/2012 The patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox church has baptised hundreds of babies in a Tbilisi cathedral and has been credited with raising the birth rate. Patriarch Ilia II has promised to become the godfather of all babies born into Orthodox Christian families who already have two or more children. Since he began the mass ...

Houses of the Holy

The cupola of the medieval Georgian Orthodox monastery of Oskhi in northeastern Turkey

Eka Chitanava 21/3/2012 A diplomatic deal to restore crumbling Georgian monasteries in Turkey faces stiff Orthodox opposition. TBILISI | The cupola of Oshki monastery dates to the 10th century, and it's falling apart. Medieval frescoes are peeling off the building’s moss-covered interior walls. In recent years two stone columns covered with bas-reliefs have been plundered. Cows and donkeys ...

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 ...

Abkhaz Church cannot be independent without Georgian permission

7/2/2012 The Abkhaz Church cannot become independent until the Georgian Orthodox Church gives permission, secretary of the All-Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II said, News Georgia reports. A meeting was held at the Freedom Square in Sukhumi on Friday. People filed a letter demanding separation from the Georgian Orthodox Church. The meeting was inspired by a visit of Abkhaz Patriarchy ...

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 ...

Georgian Orthodox Church head in Moscow for Russian patriarch’s birthday

(RIA Novosti) 18/11/2011 The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia, arrived in Moscow on Friday for events to celebrate Russian Patriarch Kirill’s birthday. The Georgian patriarch last visited Russia in December 2008 to attend the funeral of Patriarch Alexy II, whom Kirill succeeded as head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kirill will celebrate ...

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, ...

Four Groups Registered For Now Under New Law of Legal Status of Religious Minorities

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 28/9/2011 Four religious groups have so far been registered as legal entities of public law, as a result of legislative amendment approval of which this summer triggered two days of Georgian Orthodox Church-led protest marches. All-Georgia Muslim Administration becoming the first religious group to be registered under the new provisions in July. This group was ...

First Georgian Orthodox Church to appear in Kazakhstan

Azerbaijan, Baku 13/9/2011 Georgian Orthodox Church is planned to be constructed in Kazakhstan, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported referring to Georgian media. On 17 September delegation of Georgian Orthodox Church will arrive to Astana. These days the main relic of Russian "near abroad" which is Kursk icon of Virgin Mary will be brought to Kazakhstan. During the visit the sides will also discuss ...

Ex-Ambassador of Georgia: we don’t want Armenian Churches

5/9/2011 PanARMENIAN.Net - WikiLeaks whistle blowing website released February 26, 2010 cables on a meeting with a former Ambassador of Georgia to Armenia Georgy Tabatadze addressed by ex-Ambassador of U.S. to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch to U.S. Department of State. Yovanovitch cites Tabatadze’s statement referring to a conflict between the Armenian Apostolic and Georgian Orthodox Churches over Armenian ...

Armenia: Property Disputes Fueling Church Tension Between Yerevan And Tbilisi

By Gayane Abrahamyan 11/8/2011 The Georgian Orthodox Church’s claim to several monasteries in neighboring Armenia is stoking religious tension between the two South Caucasus neighbors. The fact that Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion (in 301 AD) is a source of national pride in Yerevan, and government officials accordingly tend to be ...

Patriarch Kirill recognized canonical jurisdiction of Georgian Orthodox Church on the occupied Territories

27/07/2011 Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia are canonical territory of the Georgian Church - recognizes the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. "It is clear that there is a canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Georgia on the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", - the Patriarch told journalists after a meeting with the Catholicos-Patriarch ...