ARCHBISHOP MALKHAZ HONOURED

Posted on 07 November 2013
On November 7 Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili’s work for peace, freedom and justice was recognised by Pro Fide Award 2014.

It was awarded by the Very Revd Johan Candelin of the Friends of the Martyred Church (Finland) at Betheli Centre, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Very Revd Johan Candelin is the good will ambassador for the First Step Forward, an organization of top ranking Christian politicians from Europe and USA.

Previous recipients of the award include Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and China’s Bob Fu, the founder and president of ChinaAid.

After the award giving ceremony Mr Beka Mindiashvili, the Director of Tolerance Centre, Imam Kemal Tsetskhladze of the Georgian Muslim Union and Bishop Ilia Osepashvili of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia offered words of congratulation to the Archbishop. 

“We count on the Archbishop’s spiritual, political and intellectual guidance in the matters of religious liberty and reconciliation” said Mr Minidiashvili. 
“I should admit before I met Archbishop Malkhaz I could not stand Christian clergy,” Said Imam Tsetskhladze, “now I know what is a true image of the Christian clergy.”

Bishop Ilia spoke of the peace mission to Iran and Iraq, which Archbishop Malkhaz had recently led upon the invitation of Ayatollah Shahristani.

The award ceremony took place at Betheli Centre and was attended by Archbishop’s friends, family members and representatives of Muslim and Christian clergy.

Malkhaz is an old friend of Ferndale and the leader of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia of which Stephen is an Honorary Professor.

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