About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 20:33 - 28 Jul.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Patriarch Calls for Calm After Orthodox Groups Thwart Gay Rights Rally
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 17 May.'13 / 21:53

The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, has called for calm after violence that erupted after aggressive anti-gay protesters, led by Orthodox clergy, thwarted a rally by a small group of gay rights activists to mark the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

“We distance from violence,” Patriarch Ilia II said in a televised remarks on Friday evening.

But referring to gay rights rally, he said: “It’s something that should not be propagandized.”

“We should know that this is a sin before the god. We can express our sorrow without interfering in anyone’s private life,” he said.

“I hope that everything will be calmed down. I call on our people on all sides to go from streets and return back homes and to pray for each other,” the Patriarch said.

On May 16 the Patriarch released a written statement calling on the authorities to ban the gay rights rally in downtown Tbilisi.

Speaking to Orthodox believers, gathered in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, after the May 17 developments in Tbilisi, a senior cleric, Bishop Jakob, said: “What happened today was the order coming from the nation.”

“You know very well that the United National Movement required two and a half months to gather five thousand people [for its April 19 rally] and then boasting: ‘how many people we gathered’. Today people came into [streets] on their own initiative... Several millions would have come [into the streets] if needed,” Bishop Jakob said.

Latest News
28 Jul.'14 20:33
Saakashvili Comments on Bringing Criminal Charges Against Him
Referring to Ivanishvili, ex-president said Georgia will “soon get rid of this oligarch.”
28 Jul.'14 14:07
Criminal Charges Filed Against Saakashvili
Prosecutor’s office said ex-president charged with exceeding official authorities.
28 Jul.'14 12:14
Emergency Electricity Imports from Armenia, Turkey after Major Power Outage
Damage of power lines left most of the country without electricity for more than two hours.
27 Jul.'14 11:58
Prosecutors Summon Saakashvili for Questioning
Ex-president has been summoned by prosecutor’s office for second time in last four months.
26 Jul.'14 23:43
In Cabinet Confirmation Hearing Usupashvili Calls to Focus on Future
Europe, not those nine years when UNM was in power, should be standard of comparison, he said.
26 Jul.'14 18:04
Parliament Confirms Reshuffled Cabinet
UNM opposition lawmakers walked out of the chamber before the vote.
26 Jul.'14 03:38
Govt Meets UNM MPs at Confirmation Hearings
“There is no constructive opposition in the Parliament,” PM said after meeting with UNM MPs.
25 Jul.'14 21:54
MoD Wants 11% Funding Increase in 2015
Alasania told MPs he is “optimistic” over talks on obtaining defense systems.
25 Jul.'14 14:57
NATO PA President Visits Georgia
He is holding meeting with the Georgian leadership and lawmakers in Tbilisi on July 25.
25 Jul.'14 13:05
Georgia to Contribute 750 Troops to Post-2014 Afghan Mission
A company size unit will be stationed in Mazar-i-Sharif and others will be deployed in Bagram.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
76