Georgian Patriarch Praises `Historic’ Visit to Russia

Georgian Patriarch Praises `Historic’ Visit to Russia

Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II
© RIA Novosti. Sergei Pyatakov

TBILISI, January 27 (RIA Novosti) – The Catholicos-Patriarch of the
Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, praised his five-day visit to
Russia as `historic’ upon his arrival to Georgia late on Saturday.
`With God’s help, my visit was successful, and I think it was a
historic visit and good results will follow,’ he told journalists.
The 80-year-old Catholicos-Patriarch, Georgia’s most trusted public
figure who is often referred to as the nation’s spiritual leader, came
to Moscow last Sunday.
Although the official purpose of the visit was to receive a
prestigious award on Monday from a Russian Orthodox Church-affiliated
foundation for his contribution to fostering the unity of Orthodox
Christian nations, he also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Wednesday and `relayed greetings’ from the Georgian Prime Minister
Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Georgia and Russia cut diplomatic ties after the 2008 conflict over
South Ossetia.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS