The President of the Agency of Religious Affairs of Georgia and his staff had a meeting with the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia
On October 14, 2014 the President of the Agency of Religious Affairs of Georgia Zaza Vashakhmadze and members of his staff had a meeting with the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia
Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, His Grace Bishop St. Vazgen Mirzakhanyan expressed his contentment on their visit. The Primate congratulated the guests on the day of Svetitskhovloba, and wished them Godly and profitable work.
Two main questions were discussed during the meeting. The first question referred to financing of national religious communities functioning in Georgia, and the second question referred to the preservation of churches, confiscated from the Armenian Diocese in Georgia during the Soviet era, and the question of returning them to the Diocese.
The Primate expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Agency for the sake of peaceful and united activities of religious communities in Georgia.
In his turn, the head of the State Agency of Religious Affairs of Georgia Zaza Vashakhmadze informed the Primate that questions raised are always considered by the Agency, and they make every effort to preserve cultural and historical heritage and to provide material support to religious communities in Georgia.
Restoration works of the 15th century St. Norashen church started on October 2 of the current year under the blessing of the Primate at Armenian Diocese in Georgia.
Back in January 2013 during Georgia Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s visit to Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians raised the question of returning the churches in the territory of Georgia that were confiscated during the Soviet era, to the Diocese. Prime Minister Ivanishvili’s answer was his initiative to restore the churches in danger before making a decision on their affiliation. The Prime Minister expressed his readiness to finance the restoration works from his “Qartu” foundation.
A working group, which included the Ministry of Culture of Georgia and the Agency of Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, was formed. The group would be responsible for the arrangement of works and project development.
During the coming year the foundation of the church will be strengthened, then there will be works on restoration of the exterior and entire parameters. According to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s initiative, the restoration works are financed by the foundation of preservation of historical monuments “Qartu”. The restoration project of the temple was worked out by the architectural company “Engineering Idea”, and the construction company “Aba Jgupi” performs the restoration on the basis of this project. Patriarchate of Georgia and the Armenian Diocese in ... »»»