Nov. 04, 2008
Delegation of Georgia's Church Heads for Moscow
A delegation of Georgian Orthodox Church left for Moscow November 4
to negotiate with spokesmen of Russia's Orthodox Church.
It is the first visit of Georgian churchmen to Russia after the
August events. The purpose to attain is confirming canonical rights
of Georgian Orthodox Church in the conflict regions and straightening
the existing misunderstanding, Georgian News reported with reference
to a spokesman of Georgia's patriarchate.
The delegation is led by Metropolitan Gerasime of Zugdidi and
Tsaishi, who heads the External Affairs Department at Georgia's
Patriarchate. Amid its members are Metropolitan Grigoli of Poti and
Honi, Archbishop Andria of Gori and Samtavisi and ex-ambassador of
Georgia to Russia Zurab Abashidze.
The agenda sets forth meetings with His Holiness Patriarchy Alexy II
of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and
Kaliningrad and representatives of Georgian Diaspora. The Moscow
visit of Georgian churchmen will last till November 9.