Georgien: Patriarch on territorial integrity of Georgia

His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday, imploring him to help resolve the delicate issue of Georgian territorial integrity, which, in the Patriarch’s view, is the greatest and most painful problem currently facing the nation, reports the press service of the Georgian Church. “20% [of our territory] is captured by another...

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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: Unterschriftensammlung für Verbot von „LGBT-Propaganda“ gestartet

In Sugdidi, der Hauptstadt der westgeorgischen Region Mingrelien und Oberswanetien, haben Aktivisten begonnen, Unterschriften für ein Verbot von „LGBT-Propaganda“ zu sammeln. Die erste Aktion fand am 20. Juli vor der im Bau befindlichen Kirche der Gottesmutterikone von Iveron in Kombination mit einer Diskussionsveranstaltung statt. Zudem veranstalteten die Initianten ein Essen, zu dem alle...

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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: 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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