2016-10-24 18:31:00

Body of the Canadian bishop, who died during the pontiff's visit to Georgia, found in a Tbilisi hotel

Tbilisi, October 24, Interfax - Body of the Canadian bishop, honorable head of the Assyrian Diocese Hanna Zora, aged 77, was found during the visit of Pope Francis of Rome to Georgia in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Tbilisi on October 2, Georgian Prime Time Agency reported on Monday.

Head of the Catholic Church in Georgia Giuseppe Pazotto confirmed the fact in his conversation with the agency.

"Bishop Zora came to Georgia with Pope Francis and other bishops. He participated in several events in Tbilisi. We learned that it was not recommended to him to visit Georgia because of his health condition, but he decided to come here," Pazzoto said.

According to the information of the Imedi TV channel, the Vatican Security Service insisted on not spreading the information about the bishop's death.

The Georgian Ministry of the Interior initiated an investigation of the bishop's death "for causing to commit suicide."