Ilia II of Georgia: there was never a time that humanity has fallen so low

Vestnik Kavkaza - 24/2/15 “People today think only of material goods and do not see how low they have fallen spiritually and how unhappy they are, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said during his Sunday sermon. The Catholicos-Patriarch emphasized that the choice of heaven or hell always remains within a person. “Man himself stands to the right ...

Russia Orthodox Church celebrates 6th anniversary of Patriarch’s enthronement

Vestnik Kavkaza - 1/2/15 Today, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour to honor the sixth anniversary of Patriarch Kirill's enthronement. "If good relations between the church and the state are developing today not only in Russia but throughout the canonical space of the Moscow Patriarchate, it is not because the church has ...

Relations between Georgian and Armenian churches

A sketch with an incident in the background By Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively for Vestnik Kavkaza http://vestikavkaza.ru - July - August 2014 Recent events at the Surb Echmiadzin church in Tbilisi city center drew attention to relations between the Georgian and Armenian churches. The clash between Georgians and Armenians in the Avlabar District of Tbilisi is unique and was ...

Georgia: Orthodox manifest

Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza Vestnik Kavkaza - Janaury 2014 The Christmas sermon by Catholicos Patriarch of all-Georgia Ilya II stirred up public opinion. There were several clashes near the patriarchy and several press conferences of church officials who had to explain the position of the head of Church on artificial insemination, conceiving in vitro, ...

“We have never had any division between Christians and Muslims”

Vestnik Kavkaza - 14/10/13 "This is a bloody mayhem supported by the sinister Pentagon’s scenario of military pressure, violence and air strikes that will undoubtedly provoke many casualties and paralyze Syria", the deputy chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) Elena Agapova emotionally began her story about the humanitarian situation in Syria. According to her, "the ...

“Devil’s mark” is beheld in Georgia

Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza 2/10/13 In Tbilisi a big protest against ID-cards took place near the Justice House. The protest was organized by “the Orthodox Council” whose leaders state that cards “contain the Number of the Beast and the Antichrist’s mark.” The Ministry of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani, officially addressed the Holy Synod of Georgian Orthodox ...

Valery Novoselsky: “The Armenians feel comfortable in Azerbaijan”

9/9/2013 Interview by Peter Lyukimson, Israel. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza The Israeli human rights activist Valery Novoselsky has recently visited Azerbaijan where he took part in the project “The Path of Tolercance” initiated by the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations. He talked to Vestnik Kavkaza and shared with his impressions. - It was really impressive. ...

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 ...

Tolerance or respect for faith

Timur Utsayev, Grozny. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza 17/1/13 Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has proclaimed the need to open a synagogue in Grozny. He made this statement during a trip to Chechnya by representatives of the NGO "Forum of Russia's Traditional Religions". According to the pastor of the St. Petersburg Lutheran Church, Alexander Kudryavtsev, "The Forum of Traditional Religions ...