Patriarch will not arrive to Moscow because of cold weather and health problems

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II. Archival photoPatriarch will not arrive to Moscow because of cold weather and health problems© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second, accepted the invitation of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill to visit Moscow on December 4, can’t go due to health problems and bad weather, on Friday said the Patriarchate of the Republic.

In early November Ilia II has accepted the invitation of the Russian Patriarch to visit Moscow on 4 December for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the title of the Russian Patriarchate. As stated by Ilia II handed him an invitation to the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, he will come, if my health will allow.

«The Patriarch in Moscow will not be able to travel, given his state of health. His Holiness feels OK, but to go in this cold, of course, it will be difficult for him» — quoted by Patriarchy, the Agency «news-Georgia».

It clarifies the Agency, will go to Moscow, the delegation of the Georgian clergy consisting of bishops, metropolitans and bishops. To send to Moscow by Metropolitan Shio, who on the eve of Ilia II called the Patriarchal Locum Tenens, will fail since the list of delegates was compiled before the Patriarch announced the name of the artist of their duties.

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