Georgien: Patriarchat kritisiert Äußerungen Putins zu Abchasien und Südossetien

Das georgische Patriarchat hat die Äußerungen des russischen Präsidenten Vladimir Putin in Bezug auf Abchasien und Südossetien als „Verzerrung historischer Fakten“ bezeichnet. Dessen „Interpretation“ der jüngeren Geschichte der beiden von Georgien abtrünnigen Regionen habe im georgischen Volk eine „sehr negative Reaktion“ hervorgerufen. Eine solche Geschichtsverdrehung bewirke eine „Verschärfung...

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Georgien: Family Purity Day is not against anyone, but for Georgia

“Some thought the blessing of the family on May 17 was directed against someone, but we have no antagonism; we are worried about Georgia,” His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia said in his homily on Friday, May 17, celebrated as Family Purity Day in Georgia since 2014. “We should think about Georgian families, about the future of Georgia,” the beloved archpastor continued. His...

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Georgien: Amtsjubiläum des Patriarchen gefeiert

Am Amtsjubiläum des georgischen Katholikos-Patriarchen Ilia II. (Karekin) ist das beachtliche Wachstum der Georgischen Orthodoxen Kirche betont worden. Am Festgottesdienst in der Swetizchoweli-Kathedrale in der antiken georgischen Hauptstadt Mzcheta nahmen neben den Mitgliedern des Hl. Synods auch die georgische Präsidentin Salome Surabischwili sowie Ministerpräsident Mamuka Bachtadse teil...

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Bulgarien: Church adds Georgia to pilgrimage destination list

The Bulgarian church will add Georgia to a list of pilgrimage destinations, including countries the local church advises its parish to visit, the Georgian parliament reports. The step will encourage religious tourism in Georgia and increase interest in Georgian holy sites, the parliament’s press office stated after the meeting of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze with Bulgarian...

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Georgien: Draft Dodgers Find Loophole In God To Avoid Army

(Radio Free Europe, www.rfler.org, 3. Mai 2019) When Georgia's armed forces found Mirian Bezhitadze, he found God. It's not that Bezhitadze is religious. Like thousands of other potential conscripts his age, the 21-year-old is invoking religion to avoid mandatory military service. Bezhitadze used a loophole in the conscription law by registering as a priest at the Church of Biblical Freedom, a...

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Georgien: Holy Synod of Georgian Orthodox Church meets in Tbilisi

On December 27 the session of the Holy Synod was conveyed in the Patriarchate of Georgia. It was presided by His Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos – Patriarch of all Georgia. Amba-Alaverdian Metropolitan David was appointed as the secretary of the session, Georgian Orthodox Church reports. At the beginning the members of the Holy Synod were greeted by the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia. HB Ilia...

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Georgien: Patriarchate appeals to authorities to block LGBT event

The Georgian Patriarchate issued a statement on June 14, urging authorities not to permit a planned LGBT event to go ahead in Tbilisi the week after. The Church’s statement notes that the event, planned for June 18-23, the first gay pride event in Transcaucasia, is “absolutely unacceptable.” At the same time, the Church also makes clear that any violence against participants is also completely...

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Georgien: Patriarch honors victims of 1989’s Tbilisi Massacre

Georgia celebrates April 9 as the Day of National Unity, recalling the tragic events of April 9, 1989 that left 21 dead and hundreds wounded and which spurred a movement that led to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia proclaiming its sovereignty and independence from the Soviet Union on April 9, 1991, the second anniversary of the tragedy. The Tbilisi Massacred (also known as the...

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Georgien: Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700 children in 56th mass ceremony

His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia, the most beloved and trusted man in the nation, has celebrated his 56th mass Baptism ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, the site of the Georgian Orthodox Church reports.  More than 700 children became the patriarch’s Godchildren this time around at the mass ceremony celebrated on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12...

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