Catholicos Patriarch Leaves for Germany for Medical Examination

Today, at 12pm Catholicos Patriarch leaves for Germany for medical examination. As Archpriest Michael Botkoveli stated at yesterday's news conference at the Patriarchate, His Holiness and Beatitude felt fine, though Georgian and German doctors advised the Patriarch to have medical consultations at the same hospital he had had surgery couple of months ago. "There are some gossips about His Holiness' health worsening. This is false, and therefore we called the present news conference to state the truth", said Father Michael Botkoveli. Father Michael adds that only after all medical examinations it will be decided when the Patriarch returns back to Georgia. The Catholicos Patriarch spent few days at the Tbilisi Pridon Todua Clinic last week. The Patriarch had acute virus infection.

Source: www.patriarchate.ge

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Patriarchate Delegation Returns from Moscow to Tbilisi

The delegation of the Georgian Patriarchate returned from Moscow back to Tbilisi. All five members of the delegation express their satisfaction with productive meetings in the capital of Russia. The representative of the Georgian Patriarchate state that all existed links and relations will be kept and collaboration between Russian and Georgian churches will be continues in the future. "Unlike Russian government authorities, Russian Church recognizes the sovereignty and integrity of Georgia", state the priests.

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Meeting Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa and Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All

On Tuesday 3rd February 2009, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, met with His Beatitude Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia who expressed heartfelt thanks to the Venerable Primate of the Throne of St Mark for his participation in the celebrations for his enthronement.

"Your Beatitude, you led the celebrations for our joy. The Patriarchs of the Alexandrian Throne, of blessed memory, in the historic moments of the life of the Russian Orthodox Church, visited the Northern Thebaid without taking into account the dreadful cold, in order to experience together with the Russian people its joys and griefs".

Patriarch Kirill to give a new impulse to inter-Orthodox relations – Bishop Hilarion

Dialogues between local Orthodox Churches may receive new development under Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to European Institutions. "I believe new Patriarch will give a new start to inter-Orthodox relations and participation of the Russian Church in them," Bishop Hilarion has told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

The Moscow Patriarchate urges authorities to actively fight against ‘dictatorship of vulgarity’ on TV

The Moscow Patriarchate regrets that State Duma MPs decided against proposal of their North-Ossetian counterparts to limit TV and radio programs of erotic character. "We understand the initiative to restrict spreading of TV and radio programs of erotic character. There's nothing to do but regret that proposal of North-Ossetian MPs, who are concerned with the problem of youth defilement, didn't find understanding," head of the Moscow Patriarchate press service Fr. Vladimir Vigilyansky has told Interfax-Religion on Friday.