Parliament Head Reviews Status of Armenian Churches with Georgian Patriarch

(PanArmenian.net)–The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church–Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia–Ilia II–received Armenian National Assembly Speaker Arthur Baghdasarian and members of an Armenian delegation on April 29 to discuss the status of Armenian churches in Georgia and other religious issues–reported IA Regnum.

His Holiness told journalists after the meeting that the talks were very congenial and the parties discussed a variety of issues–including problems tied to several churches in Georgia. "It is a dubious question. Armenia’s say that those are Armenian churches–Georgians say that those are Georgian ones."

The sides subsequently discussed forming joint commissions to thoroughly review the problem.

Baghdasarian said he raised the matter of providing legal status for the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia and indicated that the opening of a Georgian Church representation in Armenia is a good start in forming a solid relationship.

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