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 ...

Controversial cathedral reopens door in Georgia after its ‘restoration’

AFP/Kutaisi 21/9/2012 Georgia yesterday reopened a world-renowned medieval cathedral in the ex-Soviet state’s second city Kutaisi which has been restored despite concerns raised by global cultural agency Unesco. The consecration ceremony was attended by Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II and President Mikhail Saakashvili as well as representatives of opposition parties which are challenging the ruling United ...