Metropolitan Grigol Katsia was appointed Metropolitan of Chkondidi and Martvili in October 2019. He replaced Petre Tsaava in that place. Katsia holds the dual citizenship of Georgia and Russia. The metropolitan received his schooling and university education in Russia and returned to Georgia in 2005. The same year he began his studies at the theological academy and in August 2010 he was ordained as a monk. In November of the same year, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia ordained him as a priest. In 2013 he was appointed as a bishop in a newly created Martkofi and Gardabani eparchy.
Metropolitan Grigol is one of the authors of the Russian Patriarchate’s website pravoslavie.ru. At the same time, in 2017, he was appointed a member of the Abkhazian commission of the Russian and Georgian churches.
In one of the interviews Metropolitan claimed that he did not want to be the head of the Chkondidi eparchy as he was preparing himself for the Sokhumi eparchy.
Metropolitan stands out by underlining the church hierarchy and compares the actions of the Catholicos-patriarch to the ones of Jesus Christ.
Father Katsia used to say about the Forest Codex that the church would protect the forest and according to him, perhaps with the help of that law the government was trying to help the church to get the old glory back.
Grigol Katsia, the Metropolitan of Chkondidi and Martvili owns three apartments in Tbilisi:
In 2007 he bought a 59 sq.m. apartment in Fonichala for 15 000 GEL;
In 2007 he bought a 18 sq.m. apartment in Fonichala for 14 000 USD;
In 2010 he bought a 40 sq.m. apartment in Fonichala for 21 000 USD.
Metropolitan runs one non-commercial organization.
It is St. Ambrose Khelaia General Education School of the Georgian Patriarchate. The activity of the school is to promote general education and raise students in a Christian manner.
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