His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel received Wednesday the resigning Ambassador of Georgia in Bucharest, Mr. Ilia Giorgadze, at his Patriarchal Residence.
At the end of the meeting held on June 14, Patriarch Daniel awarded Ambassador Giorgadze with the St Anthimos the Ivirite Order of the Romanian Patriarchate as a token of appreciation and gratitude for the fruitful activity carried out in Romania.
The Ambassador promised His Beatitude that among his future project is that to name a street in Tbilisi after Saint Constantine Brâncoveanu, a renowned Ruler Prince of Wallachia who was martyred by the Ottomans in 1714, together with his four sons and his counselor.
In any dignity, the Ambassador stated, I will continue my efforts to support and tighten the ties between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Georgian Orthodox Church, as well as the ties between the two nations.
We have concrete projects in the future, such as to name a street in the capital city of Georgia after Martyr Ruler Prince St Constantine Brâncoveanu. Moreover, we wish to continue and intensify pilgrimages of Romanian Orthodox believers in Georgia, but also of Georgian Orthodox believers in Romania, His Excellency added.
The Patriarch wished the Ambassador a safe and joyous return home, taking note of the great faith of the Georgian people: “We have a special admiration for the faith of your people and your culture and we hope that you will continue to be an apostle of Georgian-Romanian friendship.”
History registered Martyr Constantine Brâncoveanu along with the great rulers of the Romanian people, while the Church included him among the holy martyrs, the protectors of Christian faith and the founders of holy places of worship, together with his four sons, Constantine, Stephan, Radu and Matthew and his counselor Ianache (Văcărescu), who have been canonized by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church on 20 June 1992, with August 16 as commemorative day, and were solemnly proclaimed as saints according to the Synodal Canonization Decree, on 15 August 1992, at Bucharest’s St George – The New Church, built by Brâncoveanu, and where the tomb of the Prince is located.