TBILISI, August 4 (Itar-Tass) - Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II has left for Germany to undergo medical examination, representatives from the Georgian Patriarchate, who will accompany him on the trip, told journalists at the Tbilisi airport on Sunday.
Ilia II will undergo a short rehabilitation course at a Stuttgart-based clinic and will be back in Georgia on August 17, they said.
In November 2008, Ilia II had heart vessel stenting surgery. Ever since, he has been undergoing annual examinations in Germany, the Czech Republic and in other countries. Thus, this March, he had a rehabilitation course in Finland.
Ilia II, 80, was elected Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia in December 1977. He enjoys high authority both in Georgia and abroad. In the recent years, he has been speaking up for the normalization of relations with Russia, and for the solution of domestic problems solely by peaceful means. In late July 2013, he visited Moscow, Kiev and Minsk to take part in the celebration dedicated to the 1,025th anniversary of adoption of Christianity by Russia.