About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Names Locum Tenens
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 26 Nov.'17 / 17:22


Metropolitan Shio of Senaki and Chkhorotsku, November 28, 2015. Photo: pstgu.ru

During his St. George’s Day sermon on November 23, Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II named Metropolitan Shio Mujiri of the Eparchy of Senaki and Chkhorotsku as the Patriarchal locum tenens. 
 
According to the statute of the Georgian Orthodox Church, the locum tenens will temporary govern the Church after the Patriarchal throne becomes vacant, as well as organize the process of election of a new Patriarch.
 
“Today is a historical day. St. George wanted me to have a locum tenens, and that is Metropolitan Shio. I congratulate him on this high rank and hope that he will fulfil our expectations,” said Patriarch Ilia II as he addressed the parish and clergy at the Kashueti Church in Tbilisi.
 
Metropolitan Shio Mujiri told reporters that the Patriarch’s decision came as “a complete surprise” to him. “On the one hand, it is a huge joy that His Holiness honored me to take this position. On the other, I am feeling very uneasy because it is a huge cross to bear,” he said.
 
Shio Mujiri, 48, is a member of the Holy Synod, the Georgian Orthodox Church’s main governing body. In 2003, he was appointed the Bishop of Senaki and Chkhorotsku Eparchy. Earlier, he led the Georgian parish of the St. George Church in Moscow. Simultaneously, he studied at Saint Tikhon Orthodox University in Moscow. In 2015, he was awarded PHD in divinity.
 
As locum tenens, no later than two months after the Patriarchal throne becomes vacant, Shio Mujiri will have to convene an extended council of the Georgian Orthodox Church to elect a new Patriarch. Before that, the locum tenens will convene a meeting of the Holy Synod, where three Patriarchal candidates will be selected. A candidate who garners more than a half of the votes, will be elected as the new Patriarch.
 
The Georgian Patriarch’s decision comes few months after the so called “cyanide case,” and amid the internal disagreements in the Church that followed the case.

The Patriarch could have named his locum tenens in his will, which would have been opened after his death in the presence of the majority of the Synod members, but Ilia II decided to do it during his lifetime and drafted the decree himself, which was widely perceived as the Patriarch’s endorsement of Metropolitan Shio’s candidacy.
 
The 40th anniversary of the 84-year-old Georgian Patriarch’s enthronement will be marked on December 25, 2017.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
57