On Friday morning, 25 September/ 8 October 2021, the Minister of Justice of Georgia, His Excellency Mr Rati Bregadze visited the Patriarchate, accompanied by the Ambassador of Georgia in Tel Aviv, Mr Lasha and members of the Embassy.
Mr Rati Bregadze was received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Geronda Secretary-General, His Eminence Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Elder Dragoman Archimandrite Mattheos, and other Hagiotaphite Fathers.
In the meeting, there was mention of the long-term bonds of the Jerusalem Patriarchate with Georgia. The keeping of this relation to the present day helps the increased arrivals of Georgian pilgrims and the arrival of the Georgian pilgrims who live in Israel.
The Minister asked His Beatitude’s blessing for the prosperity of the Georgian people and continued His visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where He was welcomed by Geronda Sacristan, His Eminence Archbishop Isidoros of Hierapolis.
On this visit, the Minister offered His Beatitude an ivory souvenir from Georgia, while the latter offered him a silver painting of Jerusalem and icons of the Sacred Edicule and the Theotokos of Gethsemane to the members of the delegation.