Question: I wish to cut Iberian Holy Mother Virgin’s icon on wood. I am Christian, believer, and wish to go to the Holy Mount of Athos to see the Iberian Holy Mother Virgin’s icon there. Please, could you tell me to whom I shall address? Answer: . . .
Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II and Patriarch of all Russia Kiril met in Kiev. At the beginning of the meeting the Patriarch of All Russia stated that the Russian Orthodox Church has the strongest brotherhood relations with Georgian Church.
The Christian-Democratic Party’s idea on adopting Orthodoxy as the state religion is unacceptable for the Georgian Church. The Patriarchate has expressed its negative attitude against the idea for many times before.
On 4th of July, after making a statement by the Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, representatives of the Parliament of Georgia came to the Patriarchate upon their initiative. They presented a changed bill being adopted after the first reading. But, the changed variation still unconditionally recognized granting any religious communities a status of a legal entity being subject to public law.
Unexpectedly for our Church and our people in general, the Parliament of Georgia adopted 1st reading of a bill on granting some religious organizations a status of a legal entity being subject to public law, on 1st of July. Its 2nd reading is expected to be held tomorrow, on 5th of July.