Irakli Kobakhidze: 40 years ago we have been given a particular blessing when Ilia II became the ruler of Georgian Church

04 Jan 2018
Irakli Kobakhidze: 40 years ago we have been given a particular blessing when Ilia II became the ruler of Georgian Church

It is the special day for all Georgia. 40 years ago we have been given a particular blessing when you assumed the wheel of Georgian Church and our spirituality“, - the Speaker stated at the special event dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Catholic-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude, Ilia II.

The Speaker spoke about the merit of the Catholic Patriarch noting that for 40 years His Holiness and Beatitude serves the model for devotion and support to the homeland.

„40 years ago we have been given a particular blessing when you assumed the wheel of Georgian Church and our spirituality. It is the most important date for each of us, for all Georgia. for 40 years, you have been on daily-basis striving to serve the model for devotion and support to the homeland and of love of each other. Once again, let me wish you a happy birthday and bow to you! I congratulate all Georgia”. today, the Patriarchate of Georgia hosted the presentation of the Bible published by Korneli Kekeildze National Center of Manuscripts. The Speaker underlined that publication of the academic text of the Bible is a historical event and bears particular scientific and educational importance. He thanked the Manuscript Center personnel, Patriarchate, President and Government for their activity and support.

„Today, we witness a historical event. Publication of the academic text of the Bible is of historical importance indeed. It is of utmost importance for Georgian historical science – it is of scientific and educational importance. I would like to thank each and every person involved in this deed, every member of the Manuscript Center, who for years have been actively working. I also would like to thank the Patriarchate, President and Government, as well as the Education Ministry for their support“.

The Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the President Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Education Minister, Mikheil Chkhenkeli also wished the Catholic-Patriarch a happy birthday and spoke about importance of first publication of the Bible in Georgian language. The first publication of critically determined full compendium of Georgian version of the Bible provides the full material of the books of the “Old Testament” and constitutes the result of 60-year work of the personnel of the Manuscript Center. The book was published with support of the Reserve Fund of the President and the Education Ministry.