December 22, 2010

Georgian Patriarch Takes Over Abkhaz Diocese

December 22, 2010

The Georgian Patriarchate announced the transfer of control over the Abkhaz Diocese to the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

"The Holy Synod has examined a very important issue and made a historical decision: that on the basis of historical documents and the current situation, control over the Tskhum-Abkhaz Diocese be handed over to Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia," the Patriarchate said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The territory controlled by the diocese covers Abkhazia and part of the Georgian region of Samegrelo.

Meanwhile, Abkhaz cleric Vissarion Aplia said on December 9 that recognition by the Georgian Patriarchate of the independence of the "Abkhaz Church" must be a pre-condition for their dialog.

The lack of such recognition today is "the main obstacle to visits to Abkhazia by Georgian clergymen," he said.

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Decision by Holy Synod

Ιερά Σύνοδος της Γεωργιανής Εκκλησίας άλλαξε τον τίτλο του Πατριάρχη Ηλία