Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia: Saint Anthimos of Iberia demonstrated that ministry to God prevails over all

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency- October 2016 His Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, conveyed a message on the occasion of the manifestations organised by the Romanian Patriarchate on the 300th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Anthimos the Ivirite, Metropolitan of Wallachia. The message was read out by His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Rustavi, representative ...

Georgian Patriarch condemns same-sex “marriage” permitted in U.S

Tbilisi, June 29, Interfax - Legal acknowledgment of same-sex "marriage" in the United States is a mistake, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia said. "It became known from mass media reports that it was decided in the U.S. that same-sex "marriage" is permitted in all states. This is a big mistake and Americans themselves and clergy ...

Metropolitan Tikhon concelebrates Liturgy with Georgian Patriarch in Tbilisi Cathedral

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia and Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, at the Cathedral of the All Holy Trinity in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. [See related story and photos.] At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan ...

Georgian Patriarch to Become Godparent to a Thousand Children From Large Families

Georgian Patriarch to Become Godparent to a Thousand Children From Large Families

17/1/15 One thousand Georgian children will become godchildren to the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, on the celebration of the Lord's Baptism. This will be the thirty-eighth mass Baptism in the Georgian capital. According to the “Tbilisi Week” publication, His Holiness, Ilia II, is already godparent to 22,059 children. According to the modern tradition of the ...

Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II – “I have great respect for Russia & I pray for Russia”

Moscow, October 29, Interfax - Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia has called for rapprochement between his country and Russia. “I have great respect for Russia, and I pray for Russia. You see, faith is the basis of everything. Russia and Georgia have the same faith, but we have moved away from each other. I’m very ...

Georgian Patriarch Prays for Peace in the Donbass

Georgian Patriarch Prays for Peace in the Donbass

4/9/14 Metropolitan Hilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol addressed the Patriarch of All Georgia, requesting prayers for internally displaced persons, refugees and victims of the attacks on civilians. PRAVMIR. On August 31, a telephone conversation between the Primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the ruling bishop of the Donetsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place. His ...

Georgian Patriarch’s Surrogacy Remarks Spark Protests, Clashes

By RFE/RL's Georgian Service - 14/1/14 TBILISI -- Picketers and government ministers have protested a statement by Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II suggesting children born by surrogate mothers or through artificial insemination will be "problematic" in their adulthood. The resulting debate has also sparked skirmishes between supporters and detractors of the patriarch. The assertion came in Ilia's Christmas address ...

Georgian Patriarch asks Europe not to impose alien ideas on nation

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,” his ...

Georgian Patriarch denies controversial Karabakh comment

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Karabakh - 9/1/2013 H H Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia and the spiritual leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, has denied making a controversial comment on the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh during a recent meeting with a top Moslem cleric in the Caucasus. A Georgian Patriarchate spokesman said earlier this week that Azeri media misquoted ...

Ilia II to baptize children

3/4/2012 Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II will have the 22nd mass baptism of children, News Georgia reports. Requests for part in the baptism ceremony are welcome at the Fund of the Georgian Patriarch from March 31 to April 2. The patriarch has baptized about 11,000 children. Ilia II expressed readiness to baptize the third and upcoming children of large ...

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 ...

Georgia’s Patriarch congratulates Vladimir Putin on his election as President

N.Kirtzkhalia 13/3/2012 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II has congratulated Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on his victory in the presidential election. The Patriarchate of Georgia told Trend that Ilia II sent a congratulatory message to Putin. "Please accept my congratulations on your election as president. I think that your vast experience will contribute to peace and prosperity in ...

Georgian Patriarch promises to mediate for Armenian Churches in Tbilisi

13/1/2012 Delegation of Armenian Community representatives inGeorgialed by Primate of the Georgian Diocese of theArmenian Apostolic Church, Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan visited Patriarch of all Georgians Ilya the Second on January 11. They congratulated New Year and Christmas of the Georgian religious leader. Primate of the Georgian Diocese of theArmenian Apostolic Church, Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan spoke about the ...

Georgian Patriarch seeks reburial of two former Georgian Tsars

25/11/2011 TBILISI (RIA Novosti) The Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church asked for the reburial of two Georgian tsars, Vakhtang IV and Teimuraz II, in Georgia during his visit to Moscow as part of the celebrations of Russian Patriarch Kirill’s birthday. “We talked about the reburial of Georgian tsars Vakhtang IV and Teimuraz II who are buried in ...

Georgian Patriarch to leave for Moscow to celebrate Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch’s Anniversary

16/11/2011 The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II will leave for Moscow on Nov.18. As the Georgian Patriarchate told Trend, he will attend events in honour of the 65th anniversary of the Russian Patriarch Kirill in Moscow. The two heads of churches will hold an important service in Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on Nov. ...

Holy Etchmiadzin respects the age and experience of Georgian Patriarch

21/6/2011 Today a press conference was held at Holy Etchmiadzin to conclude the results of the visit of Armenian Catholicos Garegin the Second to Georgia and Javakhk. Father Arshak Bishop Khachatryan, the Chancellor (divanapet) at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin said Catholicos of All Armenians didn’t manage to visit Norashen and St. Nshan Churches because of ...

Armenian Church Slams Georgian Patriarch

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Karine Simonian 21.06.2011 The Armenian Apostolic Church hit out at Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II on Tuesday for making what it called “inappropriate” references to its supreme head, Catholicos Garegin II, just days after his visit to Georgia. Speaking in Tbilisi’s St. Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, Ilia attributed the failure of the two pontiffs to settle disputes between their ...

Georgian Patriarch receives Sharon Stone

05.06.11 Sharon Stone visited the Georgian Patriarchy in Tbilisi on Sunday. Georgia`s Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II received the famous actress. The famous actress listened to the musical compositions by the Georgian patriarch and inspected icons. The patriarch also talked about the art with the actress. Later, Ilia II led Sharon Stone to the Winter Garden and showed ...

Georgian Patriarch urges Dialogue

29/5/2011 In a sermon in the main Orthodox cathedral of Tbilisi Sunday, the Georgian Patriarch Iliya II urged the government and the opposition to end their confrontation and lend an ear to each other. He said only meaningful discussion, and not street battles, can bring forward solutions to burning problems. Back on Wednesday night, riot police used ...

Georgian Patriarch meets the Armenian Ambassador

23/3/2011 On March 23 Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia received the Armenian Ambassador Hrach Silvanyan, who is completing his mission in Georgia. Emphasizing the importance of friendship between the two Christian nations, the Georgian Patriarch hailed Hrach Silvanyan’s mission in Georgia and his contribution to the reinforcement of that friendship. During the meeting reference was made to ...

Russian Church Leader Ignores ‘Abkhazia’ in Georgian Patriarch’s Title

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi 7/1/2011 The Russian Patriarch Kirill skipped over “Abkhazia” from an official title of the Georgian Orthodox Church leader in a Christmas congratulation message. In an apparent move to emphasize that Abkhazia is part of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s canonical borders, its main decision-making body, the Holy Synod, decided on December 21 to also make the ...