According to a new agreement with the Vatican, the Western European Diocese of the Georgian Orthodox Church has been given use of a church in Rome for the next 70 years. Services have been held in Georgian in the Church of San Salvatore Aymonte for several years already, reports Interfax-Religion. The agreement was concluded during the recent visit of Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili to the Vatican. The head of state congratulated Archimandrite John (Helaia), rector of the Georgian parish of St. Andrew the First-Called in Rome on the transfer of the church to the Georgian parish.
“I very well understand the importance of this church… The Georgian church in Paris was founded by my father,” Pres. Zurabishvili noted. The official document on the transfer of the church for long-term use will be signed in the near future. In January, a 16th-century Catholic church in Grenada was transferred to the use of the Moscow Patriarchate. (Quelle: www.orthochristian.com, 22. Juni 2021)