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Saakashvili engages the Holy See2010-12-28 19:06
Despaired to be supported materially by world leaders, president Mikheil Saakashvili gets back to elevated soul matters. There is no other explanation for his kowtow to the Holy See and the Pope. The Georgian president unilaterally appoints Benedict XVI a new defender of Georgia's "territorial integrity" and guarantor of the country's cloudless future. Polite Vatican certainly does not ask directly: "Where is this Georgia?" Yet, they will consider this.
There is an impression the Georgian president will soon hold out his hand begging for support and patronage. Mikheil Saakashvili just fails to understand that the people around him have no interest in Tbilisi leaders, their problems, hopes and aspirations. Still, if no money, weapons or sincere protection is offered, spiritual support could be just enough. At least in absentia since priests are polite folk, they won't be rude in saying no.
That is how Mikheil Saakashvili has found a new patron. This time it's the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI. In a generous gesture Saakashvili thrusts Georgia under the protecting veil of the Holy See completely ignoring the fact that Catholics in Georgia can be counted on the fingers of one hand. 83% of the country population is Orthodox with every tenth person being a Muslim, and the Pope's fold accounting for only 0.8%.
But how can such trifles stop excited Saakashvili? One question: why hasn't Dalai Lama been attracted to the cause of preservation of Georgia's territorial integrity yet? It's equally senseless but sounds nice.
Georgians learned about their new ally on December 25 when the president was personally saying his Christmas congratulations to the Catholics of Georgia.
"It is particularly important that Georgia's interests are supported by the world's most popular religion and most influential Church. I am particularly grateful, as I said to the Pope, that Vatican constantly reiterates its commitment to freedom, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia", - Saakashvili stated remembering his first and only meeting with Benedict XVI in May 2010.
The meeting really took place with Benedict XVI receiving Saakashvili in his palace in Vatican and exchanging presents. In answer to Orthodox icons the Georgian leader brought the Pope gave Saakashvili a souvenir pen with purely German avarice.