Patriarch to Georgian emigrants: “I urge you to stay where you are, but at the same time be in your homeland”
27 May, 2017
Patriarch to Georgian emigrants: “I urge you to stay where you are, but at the same time be in your homeland”
The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II addressed Georgian emigrants attending the Diaspora Forum taking place in Tbilisi, saying they should remain wherever they are, but be in their homeland as well.

The Patriarch said he is happy to see so many Georgian emigrants in Tbilisi.

“Several years ago I called on you to return to Georgia. Now I am telling you: stay where you are, but be in your homeland at the same time. This is very important for Georgia.
I want to thank you all for the help you are offering your home country. You have to help us create small and medium businesses. We must do everything for our children, who study and live abroad, not to forget their native language, their culture. The churches and monasteries that were built in foreign countries have become centers of our culture, our spiritual life. There are many circles where they teach Georgian dances and songs and you have to take part in these activities,” Ilia II said and asked the emigrants to be Georgian citizens.

“You live abroad, but the remains of your ancestors are buried here, in Georgia. You have to remember this. May God bless you and I want to thank you for everything you do for Georgia. May God help our country reunite Abkhazia and Samachablo.”
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