Georgian Orthodox Church is the most influential institution in the country
Since one year ago, as the Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church Elijah II declared his intention to be a Godfather to every new born third child in the families around the country, even the biggest optimist couldn’t expect that such promise will cause a demographic miracle in
Only one year after his statement, the results are evident. The birthrate in
The fact alone, shows that in two decades of independence of
“Today, our Church is the most influential institution in
According to the examinations, that have been conveyed last year, 87% of all the tested Georgians consider the Church as an institution with the highest confidence. In comparison to this, the percentage of those with the answer in 2003 was only 39%.
This examination of the public opinion showed also that Patriarch Elijah II has the highest rate of reputation with nearly 95% social support, while the Georgian President Saakashvilli enjoys barely 33% of such support of the people.
Representative of the Patriarchy, father David Sharesenidze stated this tendency of increasing the influence and the confidence in
“The “hunger” to religion of the Georgian people during the Soviet governing of the country, today is the reason why people gather around the Church” – he added. The last events in
The Government of Georgia also supports the Church. The administration of President Saakashvilli increased the budged for the Church for almost three times in total, disposing around 15 million USD from the state budget (which is a huge sum for Georgia, taking the economic conditions of the country in consideration), and 180.000 USD were particularly deducted from the budged for the development of the Church TV Channel.