Georgian PM & President: 100 Year Autocephaly of the Georgian Church

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended an international conference dedicated to 100 years of regaining autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church, with a conference opening earlier today. 

While the President addressed the audience, he pointed out that the high level of aggression, unacceptability of different points of views, and lack of hope are the main challenges in the way of the state and society development. 

“Despite the fact that each of us has our own methods of development, different society groups, churches, and state, there are issues that we all agree upon. The issues that we all care about, the high level of aggression in our society, intolerance of someone different, and the readiness to supress and destroy those who are different,” Margvelashvili said. 

“For both the state and for the church, it is important that our citizens not be oriented towards aggression; also, it’s equally important that in the environment which may often be chaotic, our citizens not feel hopeless, and that they can see the logical aim of their existence, and not be in an environment where tomorrow seems feels like it has no perspective,” As Giorgi Margvelashvili said, one of the preconditions to weaken the level of aggression in the society lays in respecting institutions and hierarchy. 

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who also attended the conference and addressed the audience, stressed the importance of the event, “The relation between the church and our society, which is based on the tradition and culture of trust and respect, is one of the major achievements of our history, on which Georgian statehood is built on,”. Giorgi Kvirikashvili also stressed that Georgian Orthodox Church played immensely important role in building Georgian statehood and in consolidating Georgian nation throughout history. 

The conference was attended by Georgian government officials, Georgian Church and other religious confession representatives and foreign guests.

By Nino Gugunishvili

12 February 2018 15:45