Ilia II: the visit to Moscow is very important
According to the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ilia II, the current visit to Moscow to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Russian Patriarch Kirill is "very important and useful for the country and the Georgian Church". As reported by "Georgia News", such a statement was made by the Hierarch after his return home, in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
Patriarch said that during his visit to Moscow special attention was given to the refugees. "We had a conversation about refugees and hope that the refugees would return to their homes", said Ilia II.
He added that during the meetings with Patriarch Kirill and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev they also raised the issue of reburial of the remains of the Georgian kings - Vakhtang VI and Teimuraz II.
"We talked about the reburial of the Kings - Vakhtang IV and Teimuraz II. They are buried in Astrakhan, and they have left a testament to be buried in Georgia. We have asked Russian President and Patriarch Kirill to allow us to rebury them. We have transferred them the documents and the issue is in the process of consideration", said Ilia II.