Georgian, Ecumenical Patriarchs not expected in Abkhazia

Sukhum, May 23, Interfax - The head of self-proclaimed Abkhaz Orthodox Church Priest Vissarion Aplia, said that the visit of Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia and the Ecumenical Patriarch to Abkhazia was impossible. "The visit of Ilia II to Abkhazia is out of the question. He allows himself to make political statements and says that Abkhazia ...

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 ...

Georgian Patriarchate is ready to dialogue with Abkhazia on Church Question

Tbilisi, December 9, Interfax – The Georgian Orthodox Church is open to the dialogue with Abkhazia, head of the Georgian Patriarchate Foreign Department Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdidi and Tsaish told journalists. Thus he commented on statements made by a representative of Abkhazian clergy priest Vissarion Aplia about readiness to tune church relations with Tbilisi. Father ...