Georgian Orthodox Church leader to visit Moscow

Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, will visit Moscow later this month to receive an award from Russian Orthodox Church’s International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN).

Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, who will turn 80 on January 4, said on Wednesday that he would receive an award at a ceremony in Moscow on January 21.

IFUOCN grants award annually to political and religious leaders, as well as public figures for contribution to “strengthening unity of the Orthodox Christian nations.”

Award ceremonies are held in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

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