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Talking about the sacred2009-11-09 16:53
Patriarchs of the Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches have met in Baku, where they had been invited on occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Head of Islamic Administration of the Caucasus Allakhshukur Pasha-zade and his 30 years of occupying the post. However, it is not only the religious who are interested in the dialogue of Cyrill and Ilia the Second. Since recently, many people in Georgia and in Russia have been watching with hope or suspicion the way the Churches of the two countries are mending relationship suspended by the last year war.
This is the first meeting of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyrill with his Georgian colleague after his election as patriarch. Both Patriarchs were glad to discuss bilateral relationship between the Churches and the nations in person.
Patriarch Cyrill thanked the primate of the Georgian Church for his prayers on the day of Cyrill's enthronement (enthronement to Moscow primatial throne). In his turn, Ilia remembered the day of his enthronement, when he received the elderly monks' advice to pray for the late primates. He wished Cyrill to be blessed with their protection as well. The patriarchs also exchanged souvenirs.
"I believe our Churches to have brotherly relationship that is never going to be shaken", the primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church underlined.
The information about the coming meeting of the Patriarchs at an official level had long been unconfirmed, although it would have been rather strange to suppose that heads of the related Churches would avoid each other in Baku.
The presidents of the two countries have definitely quarreled because of the fidelity to one's principles of one of them and the hot temper of the other one; later on, they tried to avoid each other in the context of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, while the Church leaders managed to maintain mutual understanding.
Thus, during the celebration of anniversary of Allakhshukur Pasha-zade Cyrill had a talk with Patriarch Ilia II and other religious figures.
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Russia arrived in Baku yesterday. As usual, he discussed with Pasha-zade not only religious but political issues as well. For instance, the Georgian leader stated that the current situation in the Caucasus, which he characterized as the "no-peace, no-war situation", cannot last forever.
Besides, Ilia II found certain common traits in the fates of two countries, Azerbaijan and Georgia, thus arousing indignation of the Armenian religious people: "Although we have always dreamt of independence of our countries our expectations were not quite satisfied, for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Georgia has been broken".