2017-11-24 18:58:00

Georgian patriarch unable to attend 100th anniversary of Patriarchate restoration in Moscow

Tbilisi, November 24, Interfax - Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia has had to cancel his visit to Moscow on December 4, to attend festivities marking the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchal Office, following a medical recommendation, Georgian media reported on Friday citing the Georgian Patriarchate.

The Georgian patriarch had accepted an invitation from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, delivered by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations. Patriarch Ilia II promised to arrive, provided he feels healthy enough to travel.

His secretary Archpriest Mikael Botkoveli told reporters that the Georgian Orthodox Church will be represented by a delegation, specifically, three bishops who are flying to Moscow on December 1.

Ilia II feels normal, but was advised against this trip due to the frosty weather in Moscow, his secretary said.