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Georgia and the Holy See mark 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Georgia: Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Holy See were established on May 23, 1992.

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Georgia: Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Holy See were established on May 23, 1992.

Historically, Catholic and Orthodox Christians have stood side by side on the path to rebuilding Georgia. Georgian Catholics Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, Mikheil Tamarashvili, Zakaria Paliashvili, Stefane and Petre Melikishvili, Simon Kaukhchishvili, Petre Otskheli played an important role in the development of Georgian culture, education and science.

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It is noteworthy that a large number of Georgian manuscripts are preserved in the richest archives of the Vatican, as well as the archives of Mikheil Tamarashvili and others.

The manifestation of friendly and successful relations between churches is the personal understanding of Pope Francis himself and the exceptionally warm attitude towards the Patriarch of Georgia, which is repeatedly mentioned in various formats.

The close cooperation between Georgia and the Holy See and the format of political dialogue at the regular level are evidenced by the high-level bilateral visits made in recent decades.

Especially notable was the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia in 2016, which was the second visit of the Pope to Georgia since the establishment of diplomatic relations – Pope John Paul II visited Tbilisi in 1999. In 2021 and 2015, the official visits of the presidents of Georgia were held in the Vatican. 

In 2021 and 2015, the Presidents of Georgia paid official visits to the Vatican. Vatican Secretary of State (Prime Minister) Cardinal Pietro Parolini visited Georgia on December 28-30, 2019; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 2018 (Minister of Foreign Affairs) Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher II.

It is noteworthy that in 2021, within the framework of the official visit of the President of Georgia to the Vatican, for the first time in the history of Georgian-Vatican diplomatic relations, interstate sectoral agreements were signed. Among them, a memorandum of understanding was signed in the field of culture and a memorandum of cooperation in the field of education, which should highlight the following achievements: Georgian students and researchers will be able to study in the training laboratories of the Vatican Museum and practice in 7 different workshops; Work on organizing Georgian exhibitions in the Vatican will be intensified; Representatives of the Vatican Museum will be involved in the ongoing restoration and conservation work in Georgia.

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With regard to Georgia’s occupied territories and non-recognition policy, the Holy See’s position is unequivocal – it upholds Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

According to the information of the State Agency for Religious Affairs of the SCP, as a result of the 2014 general census (the general census is held every 10-12 years), there are 19,195 Catholics living in Georgia and 3 of the Catholic Church 2 iconic pieces of shit.

It is noteworthy that the Caritas Georgia Charitable Foundation operates in Georgia, which was officially established on November 3, 1994, by the Catholic Church. Since its inception, Caritas Georgia has implemented numerous projects to help the most vulnerable, people living below the poverty line, regardless of their nationality or religion.

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