Patriarch Ilia of Georgia on the coronavirus: All of this is for strengthening of faith and prayers

The coronavirus is another test, designed to strengthen our faith, His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia told his flock during his Sunday homily at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.

“You know that a new virus has appeared. Many people are scared because of the virus. Some have called it a ‘deadly virus,’” he said.

But, “All of this is to strengthen our faith and increase our prayers,” the revered Georgian primate emphasized, reports Georgia Online, quoted by Orthochristian.

There are currently more than 130 cases of coronavirus infection in 23 countries around the world. According to the authorities of China, there are more than 20,000 cases of the disease, and 427 people have died.

No cases have yet been recorded in Georgia, and flights from China have been temporarily suspended as a preventative measure.

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