Georgian Patriarch hopes 2011 to be year of unification for Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 3 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch, Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Abkhazia and
Pitsunda Ilia II hopes that 2011 be the year of unification for Georgia, Ilia II said in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity during the Sunday sermon.
"Let this year be peaceful according to the will of the Lord. Let this year unify Georgia. Let the needy feel relief and God's mercy," the patriarch said.
He stressed that a person must look to the future with hope.
Ilia II also spoke about the culture of listening to each other. "Each person, the patriarch, the president, the government must have the culture of listening of each other," the patriarch said. He said that people must listen to each other and take into account someone else's opinion. "Straight thinking is very dangerous," Ilia II said.
He also highlighted the problems of growing children up and urged all families to read more, and then discuss with their children.