Is Abkhazia returning to Byzantium?

  Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza  21/6/13 The Minister of Justice of Abkhazia registered the Christian religious organization Sacred Metropolis of Abkhazia (SMA) with its office in New Athos. Thus, the Abkhazian state legally equaled SMA and the Sukhumi-Pitsunda Eparchy (SPE). It seemed the decision was purely juridical and didn’t touch on the interests of various geopolitical ...

Georgian Patriarchate urges to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians

Tbilisi, May 16, Interfax - Georgian Patriarchate urged to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians. "It appears that the cause of this congress is an internal standoff. We ask the congress participants and all Orthodox believers living in Abkhazia to raise above the processes inspired by outside forces (which are the cause of the existing ...

Have demons got hold of Ownerless Church?

11/04/2011 Irakli Tskitishvili Expert's Club A conflict is deepening in the Abkhazian Church hierarchy. Actions of Vissarion Apliaa and the Russian Orthodox Church in this occupied territory are irritating more and more people. In addition to facts when a great deal of discontent was expressed in the society towards Russia both regarding the issue of real state ...

Clerics rebelled in Abkhazia

05/04/2011 On April 4th around 400 clerics and laity gathered in the New Athos Monastery and expressed distrust towards self-proclaimed leader of the Abkhazian Church hierarchy Vissarion Aplia in connection with appointment of Hegumen Efrem (Vinogradov). "We are outraged that the father Vissarion decides unilaterally, in secret from the Christian people of Abkhazia fate of temples and ...