Tbilisi, January 19, 2015
Clergymen, his parishioners and relatives met the priest's body at the airport, the Georgian media have reported.
Archimandrite Ilia Kartozia will be buried on the territory of the David Agmashenebeli Monastery in Mtskheta, where he was father superior, on January 20.
According to earlier reports, Archimandrite Ilia Kartozia was among the passengers of the ferry. Eyewitnesses said the priest could have left the ferry, but decided to stay there until all passengers were evacuated.