The Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church on Wednesday evening (28 September) issued a statement in which it reaffirmed its welcome to Pope Francis who will start a visit to Georgia on Friday at the invitation of the Georgian president Giorgi Marghvelashvili, and the Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilya II.
In its statement the Georgian Church chastised some elements of the Church that had earlier protested against the Pope's visit, declaring such protests as totally unacceptable. The statement said:
"The Patriarchate welcomes with respect the guest and hopes that his visit will contribute to deepening of multilateral relations and the strengthening of peace in the region."
There will be full coverage on commonspace.eu of the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia and Azerbaijan this weekend in a live blog which starts today at 16.00 Tbilisi local time (12.00 GMT)
source: commonspace.eu with the press service of the Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church
photo: The Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan told Armenian MPs discussions on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict will continue in June in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group process.
On Tuesday, Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan told the Armenian media that the Azerbaijani side was carrying out engineering works at the Nakhchivan sector of the border, and that this "poses a danger to Armenian military positions".