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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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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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GEORGIA PARLIAMENT LOOKS TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITIES OF BELIEVERS

February 3, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 3/2/17 The Georgian Parliament Committee for Human Rights adopted today a bill that, if approved, will make the insulting of religious feelings administratively punishable, reportsGeorgia Online. Under this bill, such offenders will be fined 300 gel ($110) for the first offense and 600 gel ($220) for repeat offenses. Moreover, the desecration of religious […]

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PATRIARCH ILIA OF GEORGIA BECOMES GODFATHER TO 800 CHILDREN

January 22, 2017 News

Pravoslavie.ru – 22/1/17 The feast of Theophany is one of the twelve great feasts of the Orthodox liturgical year, celebrated with great fervency and pious traditions throughout the Orthodox world. In recent years the ancient Orthodox nation of Georgia has added its own unique celebration. It first took place on January 19, 2008, and again […]

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HEALTH OF PATRIARCH ILIA IMPROVING AFTER GALL BLADDER INFECTION

January 3, 2017 News

Pravoslavie.ru – 3/1/17 Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Tbilisi and All Georgia’s health is generally improving following a flu brought on by a gall bladder inflammation, reports Sedmitza. “I have no right to speak about the concrete clinical details, but I can confirm that the general condition of heath of the primate of the Georgian Orthodox […]

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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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Patriarch Ilia II: “God is with us. These words are written in the Bible”

December 31, 2014 Featured News

Pravoslavie.ru – December 2014 On the occasion of the 37th anniversary of his patriarchal enthronment, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia together with the Holy Synod members celebrated a festal Liturgy at the Patriarchal Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the city of Mtskheta, which earlier this year the Georgian Orthodox Church declared as the “Holy City”. During his […]

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Patriarch Ilia of Georgia condemns explosion in Sakdrisi

December 15, 2014 Featured News
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia condemns explosion in Sakdrisi

15/12/14 Patriarchate of Georgia has released a special statement which reads the following: ‘’The fact of exploding the Sakdrisi gold field has caused our great concern. We cannot understand how the Culture ministry has issued permission to destroy the cultural monument while scientists and civil society were against it.’’ According to the statement all corresponding […]

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Patriarch Ilia of Georgia: don’t evict people from houses because of the debt

December 11, 2014 Featured News
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia: don’t evict people from houses because of the debt

Christiantelegraph – December 2014 The Catholicos – Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia asked the country’s commercial banks to not evict from their houses those people, who could not pay their mortgage loans, at least during the winter season, reports The Christian Telegraph in reference to Interfax-Religion. “I have concerns about those in need, who have […]

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Georgia celebrates its National Holiday—St. George’s (Giorgob) Day

November 27, 2014 Featured News

On November 23 the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrated the St. George’s (Giorgob) Day. Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer is venerated as patron-saint of the Georgian people and is particularly loved in Georgia. On this day His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia celebrated a festal service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Georgian president […]

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Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II: “May God grant that everybody should see in his or her neighbor a brother and not an enemy”

November 7, 2014 Featured News

November 2014 His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia in connection with the feast-day of Venerable Archimandrite Gabriel (Urgibadze; 1929-1995, commemorated on November 2) delivered an address after the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, reports Gruzia Online. His Holiness informed his flock that a street in Tbilisi where St. Gabriel’s house is […]

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

October 31, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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PATRIARCH ILIA II ASKS MEDIA TO STOP TRAUMATIZING PEOPLE WITH CRIME NEWS

October 3, 2014 Featured News

10/3/14 At the Holy Trinity Cathedral Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia addressed his flock with a Sunday sermon, singling out the journalists and “the establishment”, asking them to stop spreading death propaganda, reports PIA. “Nearly every day there are reports that one man killed another man, a son put his parents to death, parents […]

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Patriarch Ilia II asking Turkish authorities to resume services at Georgian churches

September 21, 2014 Featured News

September 2014 On Friday, September 12, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia received at the Patriarchate in Tbilisi the head of the Presidency for Religious Affairs in Turkey Mehmet Görmez and asked him to afford an opportunity to perform services at Georgian churches on the territory of Turkey, reports Gruzia Online. The question of obtaining […]

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Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II: “I will ask the Lord to give the people strength”

May 27, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 On the day following Georgia’s celebration the Day of Family Strength and Honor for Parents by prayer processions and sprinkling of streets and houses by holy water, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II addressed the people, as usual, at the Divine Liturgy. A week before this the Patriarch declared May 17 the Day of family strength […]

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Georgia’s Antidiscrimination Law Opposed By Church Comes Into Effect

May 10, 2014 Featured News
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May 2014- Radio Free Europe Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed an antidiscrimination bill into law.  The law went into force after it was published on the state online registry of legal acts on May 7. Meanwhile, on May 6, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, said of the bill that […]

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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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Thousands of people prayed with heads of Orthodox Churches in Minsk

July 29, 2013 Featured News

Minsk, July 29, Interfax – Some 20,000 people attended the liturgy served by the heads of the Orthodox Churches in a Minsk square on Monday. “One of the first lands to be christened after Kiev was the Polotsk land, the land you now symbolically think of as the people of Belarus,” Patriarch Kirill of Moscow […]

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Patriarch of Georgia: Our church and people never cut ties with Russia

July 23, 2013 Featured News

  Nadezhda Kevorkova – 23/7/13 Despite the South Ossetian war of 2008, close religious and human ties remain between Georgia and Russia, Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II told RT. He expressed hope that politicians in the two Orthodox states will “find a way out of the dead end.” On Tuesday, the most influential figure in […]

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Georgia Patriarch Calls For Calm After Orthodox Groups Thwart Gay Rights Rally

May 20, 2013 Featured News

18/5/13 (Civil.Ge) — The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, has called for calm after violence that erupted after aggressive anti-gay protesters, led by Orthodox clergy, thwarted a rally by a small group of gay rights activists to mark the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17. “We distance from violence,” Patriarch […]

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