18 July 2013, 10:27
Georgian patriarch to tour Moscow, Kiev, Minsk on Baptism of Rus anniversary
Tbilisi, July 18, Interfax - Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia
will visit Moscow, Kiev and Minsk on the occasion of the anniversary of
the Baptism of Rus on July 23-30.
On the occasion of this anniversary the capital cities of Russia,
Ukraine and Belarus will host festivities that will be attended by Ilia
II together with a delegation of the Georgian Patriarchate, Metropolitan
Gerasim of Zugdidi and Tsaishi told the press.
He said the primate of the Georgian Church would meet Patriarch Kirill.
At the meetings the sides will raise issues in relations between the
Georgian and Russian Orthodox Churches, discuss the subject of Abkhazia
and the return of the remains of Georgian tsars to Georgia.
It is so far not clear whether Ilia II will meet any representatives of
the Russian leadership in Moscow.