Georgian president grants 78 pardons for Easter

Georgian president grants 78 pardons for Easter

Tbilisi, April 14, Interfax - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a decree pardoning 78 prison inmates on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, chairman of the presidential commission for pardons Zviad Koridze told a press briefing on Tuesday. The presidential decree allows 57 people to leave penitentiaries on Tuesday and reduces the terms of another 21 ...

Cathedral Restoration Causes Headache For Georgian President

Coilin O'Connor with contributions from RFE/RL correspondent Merkhat Sharipzhanov and RFE/RL's Georgian Service 19/6/2012 Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II has ordered the suspension of restoration work at the world-renowned Bagrati Cathedral. The announcement on June 18 by Georgia's State Agency for National Heritage Preservation could have major political repercussions for President Mikheil Saakashvili, who had strongly backed the ...

Georgia demands return of Monastery of the Cross from Jerusalem

27/2/2012 Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wants Israel to return control over the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem, News.ru reports. The monastery was built by a son of Georgian King Bagrat IV in the 11th century. It was named after part of the cross used for the crucifixion of Christ, which was stored at the monastery. Georgian ...

Georgian authorities must assist Catholicos-Patriarch to normalize relations with Russia

Tbilisi, August 1, Interfax - Ex-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has urged Georgian authorities to assist the dialog of Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II and Russia. "His Holiness met with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Kiev. It was reaffirmed at the meeting that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are inseparable parts of Georgia," Shevardnadze ...

Ex-president afraid of Armenian claims on Georgian Land

11.07.2011 Trend N.Kirtzkhalia Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze predicts serious confrontation between the church and Georgian authorities over the adoption of a bill "On granting status of subject of public law to religious organizations" by the Parliament. "With this decision the parliament and president opposed the Patriarchate of Georgia," Shevardnadze said in an interview with the Georgian weekly ...

Opposition calls on Saakashvili to veto amendments on religious groups’ Law

By Mzia Kupunia 7/7/2011 The Georgian Patriarchate and some of the opposition have slammed changes made to the Georgian Civil Code on Tuesday, envisaging giving permission to the religious minority groups in Georgia to register as legal entities of public law in Georgia. In its second statement for the last two days, the Georgian Orthodox Church authorities ...

Meeting between Armenian Catholicos, Georgian President Possible

21/1/2011 The press service of the Holy See of Echmiadzin informed NEWS.am that Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II may meet with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili during his visit to Armenia. Head of the Georgian diocese, Armenian Apostolic Church, BishopVazgen Mirzakhanyan hopes the bilateral meetings will clarify the diocese` status. NEWS.am reminds readers that the Georgian President is ...